While it may still be illegal to purchase recreational cannabis in North Dakota, the state recently passed Measure 5 in January of 2017 legalizing the possession and use of medicinal marijuana. This means that currently, the only way to acquire cannabis in North Dakota is with a certified medicinal marijuana card. Here we will outline the required steps to obtain your medicinal marijuana card under the new North Dakota law.

In order to be certified for a medical marijuana card in North Dakota, you must be diagnosed my a licensed physician with one or more of the following qualifying conditions; cancer (and it's treatments), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), decompensated cirrhosis (hepatitis C), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), agitation of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or treatment of these conditions, Crohn's disease or fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis or chronic back pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, symptoms such as cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe debilitating pain, nausea, seizures, persistent muscle spasms or other characteristics of multiple sclerosis.

Once you have been diagnosed with one or more of these conditions, you must obtain a copy of your medical records, proof of residency within the state of North Dakota, and proof of age. Once these documents have been submitted along with the required fee to the North Dakota Department of Health, you will be able to receive your medical marijuana card.

Those with a licensed medical marijuana card will be able to legally purchase up to three ounces of usable marijuana or grow up to eight plants flowering plants within their home.

The current laws in North Dakota for cannabis possession without a certified marijuana card is up to a year in prison and a $2,000 fine. Be sure to follow up on the development of current state laws prior to purchasing or using any amount of cannabis.