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North Dakota Medical Marijuana Information
North Dakota Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, or North Dakota Measure 5, is a state-initiated statute passed on the November 8th, 2016 ballot to legalize medical marijuana in the state of North Dakota. The measure legalizes marijuana to treat cancer, AIDs, PTSD, and other medical conditions. After failing to pass a similar measure in 2012, North Dakota approved Measure 5 with a 63.7% vote in favor, adding a new chapter to Title 19 of the North Dakota Century Code. In April 2017, the Governor Burgum signed SB 2344, which further clarified and defined the regulations of North Dakota’s medical marijuana program.
North Dakota Medical Marijuana qualifying patients, and designated caregivers on behalf of their patient, with Registry Identification Cards, will be allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces every 30 days and possess up to 3 ounces of medical marijuana for use. A patient must be authorized by their physician to use dried herb in combustible form, while vaporizing is unrestricted. Patients may purchase medical products equaling up to a maximum concentration of 2,000mg of THC every 30 days. The sale of edibles is prohibited.
Patients seeking to join the North Dakota medical marijuana program and obtain a Registry Identification Card must apply with the North Dakota Department of Health by providing doctor’s written certification, supporting application documents (name, address, date of birth, etc.), and a personal check or cashier’s check to satisfy the non-refundable application fee of $50. After verifying application information, the Department of Health will approve or deny patient’s application within forty-five business days. Upon approval, the Department of Health will issue a registry identification card with a ten-digit alphanumeric identification within thirty calendar days. All registry identification cards will be valid for a full calendar year from issue date and are subject to annual renewal.
North Dakota Board of Medicine licensed Physicians my assess patient’s need for medical marijuana if they have a debilitating medical condition (see below).
The physician will provide patients with a signed written certificate stating that in their professional opinion the patient would therapeutically benefit from the use of medical cannabis, should the patient have one of the qualifying debilitating medical conditions. Doctors must complete an assessment of the qualifying patient's medical history and current medical condition made in the course of a bona-fide doctor-patient relationship. The written certificate must explicitly state a patient’s debilitating medical condition.
The North Dakota Department of Health will establish appropriate medical or educational courses or requirements, if any, for doctors to provide qualifying patients with a written certification.
Note: If the patient’s qualifying medical condition is PTSD, the doctor must also be a licensed psychiatrist. A patient who is a minor (under the age of 19) may not use cannabis without parent authorization and are prohibited from the use of combustible flower or products with more than 6% THC concentration.
Debilitating Medical Conditions:
-Cancer and its treatments
-Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
-Spinal Stenosis (chronic back pain due to tissue damage of the spinal cord)
-chronic diseased or medical conditions that produce intractable pain, severe nausea, seizures (such as Epilepsy), and severe or persistent muscles spasms (such as Multiple Sclerosis)
North Dakota Medical Marijuana Locations
North Dakota Medical Marijuana physicians will service, but will not be limited to, the following areas: Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, West Fargo,Williston, Dickinson, Mandan, Jamestown, Wahpeton, and more.
Update 8/11/2017: The information here in has been updated to include updated regulations as defined in SB 2344.
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