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North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details

North Dakota Department of Health
Phone: 701-328-2372
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WebsiteNorth Dakota Medical Marijuana Program

Recent Legislation Changes

As legislation changes in North Dakota, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the medical marijuana program in North Dakota.

North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program: Information

On August 11, 2016, the North Dakota Compassionate Care group submitted 17,217 signatures were verified by Secretary of State Al Jaeger, putting the Compassionate Care Act on the November ballot.

On November 08, 2016, North Dakota voters approved the Compassionate Care Act with 63.7% of votes, effectively legalizing the medical use of marijuana under North Dakota law by patients diagnosed with a debilitating condition.

As per the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, “debilitating medical condition” is defined as cancer and it’s treatments; HIV/AIDS; hepatitis C; Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease); post-traumatic stress disorder; agitation of Alzheimer’s disease; Crohn’s disease; fibromyalgia; spinal stenosis or chronic back pain, including neuropathy or damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity; glaucoma; epilepsy; or a chronic or debilitating disease, medical condition, or it’s treatment that produces: cachexia/wasting syndrome; severe debilitating pain that is unresponsive to prescribed medications, or for which treatment options produced side effects such as seizures; severe and persistent muscle spasms, including multiple sclerosis. The list of qualifying conditions also includes cirrhosis, nausea, and spinal stenosis. The North Dakota Department of Health may add a condition or treatment to the list of debilitating conditions, if it finds that marijuana is likely to be a beneficial treatment — any citizen may petition the DOH to add ailments/conditions or their treatments, to the list.

The Act requires the mandatory registration of all patients. Registered patients will receive a state-issued medical marijuana identification card.

Senate Bill 2154

After the November 2016 ballot in which 63 percent of voters said “yes” to Question 5, expectations were high among those who had conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. However, on January 18, 2017, the state Senate passed Bill 2154, which will delay the implementation of the provisions of the state’s Compassionate Care Act.

Senate Bill 2154 suspends the implementation of some parts of the law until July 2017. It prevents the Department of Health from issuing any licenses for proposed medical marijuana dispensaries. Unfortunately, this leaves patients who are qualified to take advantage of the state’s medical marijuana program without any safe access to the drug for the next four months.

The lawmakers claim they need time to get things right, stating that it’s only a delay and not an attempt to thwart the will of the majority. This tactical delay will also slow down the process of creating a system for patients to apply for medical marijuana ID cards. The bill was signed into law by the governor on January 27, 2017.

In an alarm raised by the Marijuana Policy Project, the organization said that the legislators, who were caught off guard when the people said “yes” to medical marijuana last November, have started making moves to carry out major alterations to the original provisions of the Compassionate Care Act.

Senate Bill 2344

Senate Bill 2344 could prohibit the use of whole marijuana plants and other forms for treatment and limit medical marijuana to liquids and pills in North Dakota. The conservative Republican-controlled Senate will remove the existing home cultivation provision, which is only allowed for patients who are 40 miles from a licensed dispensary. If the eighty-two pages of SB 2344 are approved, the cost of obtaining and using medical marijuana will rise in the state.

A state like North Dakota that has a large rural population needs to allow qualified patients to grown their own medical marijuana plants because many patients with debilitating conditions will find it very difficult to go to urban areas where licensed dispensaries are located. Since only eight dispensaries will be permitted by this bill, it’s necessary for patients living in the suburbs to engage in limited home cultivation.

North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program: Possession and Cultivation Regulations

The North Dakota Compassionate Care Act allows qualified patients with a certified physician’s recommendation to possess at maximum, no more than 3 ounces of usable medical marijuana. Furthermore, patients remotely located, living more than 40 miles from the nearest medical cannabis compassion clinic/dispensary, may legally cultivate up to 8 cannabis plants.

North Dakota Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services Online

The most recent definition of telemedicine in North Dakota was articulated in legislation passed on January 31, 2017. Telehealth or telemedicine is interactive video, audio or other types of telecommunications technology used by a healthcare provider or healthcare facility located at a distant site to deliver services at an originating site where the patient is located.

The service should be delivered over a secure network connection in compliance with federal and state laws. This definition permits the provider to use electronic media for consultations related to healthcare diagnosis. Providers can also use telemedicine for treating a patient in either real-time or with store-and-forward technology. Audio only, email and fax transmissions are not considered telemedicine.

The state law has not yet included a parity law. So, while private payers will still reimburse for telehealth services in the state, the North Dakota law does not force them to do so. Under the state’s Medicaid program, live video services are reimbursed including pharmacologic management visits, established management visits, new evaluation visits and outpatient visits.

The North Dakota telemedicine law does not place restrictions on the type of healthcare that providers can bill for telemedicine services. To make online prescriptions, the standards for prescribing in-person should be followed. Unlike some other states, North Dakota doesn’t request telemedicine-specific consent from a patient, although this is fast becoming a best practice among telemedicine providers.

A full telemedicine license is required in North Dakota, whether you’re consulting within the state or not. No exemptions are provided for doctor-to-doctor consultations. There are certain restrictions placed on locations where telemedicine is practiced as well. For instance, the place where the patient is and the location of the provider must not be in the same community or facility. There must be enough distance from each location that the patient does not have ready access to the specialized service.

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The State of North Dakota has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued North Dakota Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per North Dakota state guidelines.

Since the North Dakota medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new North Dakota medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the North Dakota medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about the North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following North Dakota medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of North Dakota’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in North Dakota.

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of North Dakota’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states.”

North Dakota Medical Marijuana Laws

Read North Dakota’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of North Dakota’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation.

Connect With Marijuana Doctors in North Dakota

Although the modalities for the implementation of the Compassionate Care Act are still being worked out by state lawmakers, you will need to be examined, diagnosed and certified by a licensed physician in North Dakota to qualify to use and purchase medical marijuana in the state. For this reason, we’ve designed a very effective system that connects you quickly to reputable marijuana doctors in North Dakota who practice near you:

  • Use Our Doctor Search Tool – We’re continually expanding our vast network of physicians who are ready to help you expedite your application process for a medical marijuana card. You can now search, find and connect with our doctors within your community through our search page.

Search by zip code and obtain a list of doctors who practice in or near your neighborhood. Alternatively, you can search for doctors by city. Just click on a city, and you’ll see doctors in our network for that location.

  • Examine Each Doctor’s Profile and Customer Reviews We want you to connect with the most suitable marijuana doctor near you, so we’ve created profiles for our doctors. On each doctor’s profile, you’ll find details about their hours of operation, location, terms of service and fees. You can also read the reviews written by other patients who have used a particular provider’s services in the past.
  • Book an Appointment With Your Chosen Doctor We’re committed to helping you develop a purposeful physician-patient relationship that enables you to receive top quality healthcare from a qualified physician. So, we’ve made it very easy for you to book an appointment with a doctor. Use the “Request an Appointment” button on any doctor’s profile to initiate and complete the booking process in just a few minutes.

Find an Approved Marijuana Dispensary

At the time of this writing, lawmakers are still putting together the rules that will govern the operation of marijuana dispensaries in North Dakota. Immediately after the rules are released, the state Department of Health will permit pharmaceutical companies to provide medical marijuana to patients who have been diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in North Dakota.

However, we’ve created a directory that will help you easily locate the registered North Dakota marijuana dispensaries near you. When the new regulations are released, our directory will feature dispensaries run by qualified personnel.

You’ll find all the details about their address and phone number as well as the information you need to book an appointment. You can also make inquiries about their products from the comfort of your home. 

Finally, a helpful & informative website! answered all of my medical marijuana questions and helped me schedule an appointment with an accredited doctor in my area.~Susan - Denver, CO