The North Dakota medical marijuana program progresses one step further. On October 29, 2018, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) announced it would accept applications for its upcoming medicinal cannabis program. Patients with qualifying conditions who live in North Dakota can now apply for medical marijuana cards. How will the program serve ND patients? When and where will full medicinal cannabis care become available? Uncover the answers to these questions and more below.
Patients of any age may apply for a medical marijuana card in North Dakota. Applicants under 19 need a parent or guardian’s help to sign up, and they can take medicine with up to 6 percent THC. North Dakota requires a patient to have a qualifying condition from the official list, which includes:
North Dakota offers an online registration process for patients wanting to apply for the medicinal cannabis program. Signing up involves the following steps:
Patients who need someone to help them to manage their medication can assign a caregiver. When you assign a caregiver, they get the right to help you with some aspects of medical marijuana care. They may buy medicine on your behalf and keep it in their possession. A caregiver can also help a patient use their medication. Having a caregiver license does not give someone the liberty to use cannabis medicine — they must have a patient card.
The caregiver completes a separate application through the NDDoH using the same portal as the patient. A caregiver can help up to five qualifying patients unless they have a patient registration. Registered patients may instead assist up to four card-holding patients.
Every state’s medical marijuana program gives its patients specific liberties. With a medicinal cannabis card, a patient has the right to:
On the other hand, cardholders may not:
According to estimates made in late October, North Dakota should have dispensaries available statewide within eight to nine months. The most significant developments will happen in December 2018. During this month, the state will issue program ID cards, and one of the state’s manufacturing centers will have medicine available. All dispensaries throughout ND should open by July 2019, but stay tuned to our website for further updates.
With dispensaries acting as the only legal source of medical marijuana, patient access hinges on their availability. North Dakota plans to open providers in eight regions:
You can find the official map of dispensary regions on this interactive page. The NDDoH may decide to open more dispensaries or close current locations based on demand. As of early November 2018, the state already designated dispensaries for Fargo and Bismarck. They plan to approve companies for the Grand Forks and Williston dispensaries by the end of November 2018. Applications for the remaining regions will open in January 2019, with all locations projected to operate by July 2019.
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