For so many years, marijuana has been regarded as an illegal drug in the US. But in recent times, research has shown that marijuana contains chemicals that are useful for medicinal purposes. North Dakota is among the last states to legalize cannabis for medical purposes.
In 2015, there was an attempt to legalize the medicine, but the proposed framework was voted down by the house. However, in 2016, the decision was taken to the ballot where the North Dakota voters approved Measure 5. This approval effectively established a medical cannabis program for the state.
Measure 5 is essentially a comprehensive framework for North Dakota’s medical cannabis program. This program allows for card-holding patients to access medical marijuana at North Dakota dispensaries while allowing patients to grow their own cannabis, provided they live more than 40 miles from the closest dispensary. Despite this being a huge step forward, ND still has the strictest enforcement of this law with the Department of Health, requiring in-person patient interviews to determine eligibility.
North Dakota’s Department of Health approves the use of medical marijuana for predetermined medical conditions such as AIDS, ALS, cancer, Hepatitis C, glaucoma and epilepsy. If all the requirements are met, the department issues ID cards and certificates of registration to caregivers, patients and qualified facilities.
The major impediment most people face when trying to acquire a medical cannabis card is finding out whether they’re qualified. To achieve success, patients should first approach a licensed physician for a medical marijuana evaluation to determine if cannabis might be able to alleviate their illness or symptoms.
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