North Dakota

1 December, 2019

Status: Medical Use


2016: Medical cannabis legalised
2017: Medical cannabis program officially begins
2019: First dispensary opens

Policy Framework:

  • Patients must have a qualifying condition (29 are listed);
  • Patients can possess no more than 3oz (85g) of medical cannabis purchased at a licensed dispensary;
  • Patients can no longer cultivate their own medical cannabis at home;
  • There are two producers and eight dispensaries in North Dakota for medical cannabis;
  • There are an estimated 1944 registered medical cannabis patients in North Dakota, according to the Department of Health Division of Medical Marijuana;
  • Licensing costs are relatively high, making the price of medical cannabis products expensive (e.g. a tincture costs $US215 for 30ml);
  • Possession of less than 0.5oz (14g) of cannabis is a criminal infraction punishable by a fine of up to $US1000;
  • Possession of more than 500g (17oz) is a misdemeanour punishable by up to a year in prison and fine of up to $US3000;
  • Sale of any amount of cannabis is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $US20,000;
  • Between 2005 and 2017, cannabis use disorder in people over the age of 12 decreased from 1.6% to 0.9%.

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