North Dakota legalized medical marijuana though a ballot measure in November 2016. Voters approved it by 63.7 percent. The North Dakota Compassionate Care Act created procedures for the monitoring, inventorying, dispensing, and cultivation of marijuana, which the Department of Health regulates and enforces.

Patients can possess three ounces of usable marijuana per 14-day period.

Home cultivation is not allowed.

Qualifying Conditions

Medical marijuana can be recommended for any of the following medical conditions:

  • Agitation from Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Brain injury
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Cachexia or Wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic or debilitating disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Intractable nausea
  • Neuropathy
  • Migraine
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Severe debilitating pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tourette syndrome

How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in North Dakota

Qualifying patients are eligible to purchase, use and possess marijuana only if they have a valid registry identification card.

All minor (under 19 years) applications must be completed by the applicant’s parent or legal guardian, or with the assistance of the applicant’s parent or legal guardian.

A $50 application fee must be paid by check or cashier’s check and mailed in. Checks should be made payable to the NDDoH Medical Marijuana Program.

Detailed instructions on how to apply for a registry identification card can be found here.

Renewal Requirements

Qualifying patients or registered caregivers should submit a complete reapplication no later than 45 days before the expiration date of the existing registration card.

Where You Can Buy It

There are two state-licensed dispensaries in North Dakota, and six more are expected to open by the end of 2019.

The list of dispensaries is available here.