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Updated on January 15, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

What Ailments Qualify For Medical Cannabis in North Dakota

North Dakota medical marijuana qualifications cover a wide range of conditions. Residents of the state who suffer from these conditions can obtain cannabis from dispensaries, which are known as “compassion centers.” These are the conditions that qualified as of this writing:

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.

North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  1. Patients must be age nineteen (19) or older. If the patient is under nineteen (19) years of age, the name and information of the parent or legal guardian must be designated as their caregiver and included on the application.
  2. Patients must be a resident of North Dakota and provide proof of residency via a valid Driver’s License or State Identification Card.
  3. Patients must be evaluated by a certified physician. Find A Certified Physician.
  4. Patients must be diagnosed with a Qualifying Condition listed above.
  5. Patients must then register on the North Dakota Medical Marijuana Patient Registry.
  6. After registering, patients must submit an Application online through the Patient Registry to receive a Registry Identification Card (Medical Marijuana Card).
    • Patients must pay the Application Fee of $50.00 and it is Non-RefundableCheck or Cashier’s Check must be made payable to NDDoH Medical Marijuana Program with the applicants ten (10) digit alphanumeric identification number in the Memo/For line. Check/Cashier’s Check can be mailed to NDDoH Division of Medical Marijuana 600 East Blvd Ave, Dept 301 Bismarck, ND 58505.
    • Provide Application, Drivers License, 2×2 Passport Style Photo, Copy of State Issued Identification Card or Driver’s License, Name of Health Care Provider completing the written certification with their E-Mail address & Medical Release of Information.
  7. If the patient is approved, they will receive the Registry Identification Card at the address listed on the application.

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How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in North Dakota

There was a lot of confusion at the time voters approved the medical cannabis measure, largely because state legislators didn’t expect that approval to occur. As a result, there are still many major regulatory issues that need to be ironed out.

Patients who meet North Dakota medical marijuana qualifications must obtain a patient identification card in order to access therapeutic weed. While the original measure called for a $200 fee, that was later lowered to $50. They must not only submit the fee, they must also provide a written recommendation for marijuana use from a doctor with whom they have a “bona fide” doctor/patient relationship.

The state Department of Health is responsible for approving applications and issuing identification cards. The department is supposed to issue cards within 30 days of approval.

Patients may designate caregivers to obtain their medical cannabis if they are unable to do so on their own. Caregivers also have to obtain an identification card. The application process involves consenting to a criminal background check — anyone who has been convicted of a felony will not be eligible.

Medical Marijuana Access in North Dakota

In January 2017, a bill was introduced in the state House that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana as well as cannabis-related paraphernalia. Violators would only face a civil infraction rather than be subjected to an arrest and/or jail time. As the law currently stands, someone could face as long as 30 days in jail as well as a fine of up to $1,500 for possessing as little as an ounce or less of weed.

However, the bill was not expected to pass. As a result, marijuana laws in North Dakota will very likely continue to be among the harshest in the country.

At MarijuanaDoctors.com, we want to be your main source for information on therapeutic cannabis. Whether you are looking for the latest news or you want more general information, make sure you check back with us often so you stay as well-informed as possible.

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