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North Dakota has a medical marijuana program, but adult use of cannabis is prohibited. Only medical marijuana patients may legally purchase and consume cannabis in N.D.
North Dakota voters approve of Measure 5, known as the “North Dakota Compassion Act.” State Bill 2344 (SB 2344) removes the ability for people to grow their cannabis. Patients may possess up to 3 ounces of herbal cannabis. The maximum possession limit is 2,000 mg over 30 days for concentrates and infused products.
Non-medical, recreational, adult-use marijuana is illegal in North Dakota, and possessing small amounts is a misdemeanor crime. Cultivating hemp that contains 0.3% THC or less is now legal in North Dakota.
The North Dakota law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:
You can get your North Dakota Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:
Patients must be 19 years old or over to undergo a medical cannabis evaluation and qualify for a medical marijuana I.D. card of their own in North Dakota. Those under this age (19) will need to fill out a separate application form and have a caregiver over the age of 21 apply as well, and they must be involved in care for the patient.
Getting certified for medical cannabis online in North Dakota is no longer possible.
No, you cannot cultivate marijuana in North Dakota even if you have an MMJ Card. This provision was removed by lawmakers by the passage of SB 2344.
North Dakota does not recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards, so it does not have medical cannabis reciprocity.
North Dakota medical marijuana cards are seen as valid by some other states with medical marijuana reciprocity.
The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is acceptable) – just that the state’s medical marijuana laws protect you to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and intend to purchase medical marijuana.
The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also accountable to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.
The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:
An employer may discipline an employee for possessing, using, or being under the influence, in the workplace, even when the individual is a legal, medical marijuana patient. Companies are within their rights to disallow cannabis use, even for medical marijuana patients. There are no specific protections for out-of-work-hours medicinal cannabis use.
Labs are subject to demands for random testing from the North Dakota Department of Health at any time—at their expense. Cannabis must be tested for pesticides and pesticide residue, microbiological contaminants and mycotoxins, pollutants and heavy metals, water activity and moisture content, and cannabinoid content.
In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy or another legally designated space to buy cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can do so.
All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks, or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals, or any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members’ clubs and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.
The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense, generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.