North Dakota

North Dakota Medical Marijuana was passed via measure no. 5 to implement the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act on November 8th.

The Medical Marijuana law was delayed by an emergency vote on January 18, 2017.

Although Measure 5 became state law 30 days after the election on December 8, 2016, the act was voted by lawmakers to be delayed in Bill 2154. This suspends provisions of the act to give the state Department of Health more time to come up with rules and regulations. Qualifying patients will not be able to obtain marijuana for medical use until the North Dakota Department of Health can issue applications or licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries. The act states that patients need ID cards listing specific criteria in order to obtain medical marijuana leaving those qualifying patients without a way to access medical marijuana.

The suspensions will last through July 31, 2017.

The North Dakota Compassionate Care Act (Measure 5) would allow qualifying patients access to three ounces of cannabis every two weeks. Measure 5 states that qualifying patients are those with the following debilitating conditions:

Cancer, HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, ALS, PTSD, Agitation of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, Crohn’s disease, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Epilepsy, Spinal Stenosis, Chronic Back Pain, Intractable Spasticity due to damage to nervous tissue in the Spinal Cord, and any medical condition causing one or more conditions: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe debilitating pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures for more than three months or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects, intractable nausea, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis. The Department of Health can add any other medical condition or its treatment to this list.