North Dakota Medical Marijuana Laws
North Dakota Department of Health
Division of Medical Marijuana
Residents of North Dakota may apply for a marijuana registry identification card to be able to possess and use medical cannabis. Only patients with debilitating or chronic medical conditions may apply for a medical marijuana use card. Debilitating conditions include, but are not limited to, AIDS, positive HIV status, PTSD, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, terminal illness, glaucoma, and chronic medical conditions that produce symptoms such as Cachexia (wasting syndrome), severe debilitating pain, intractable nausea, seizures, and severe persistent muscle spasms. As part of the application process, you will need to have written certification for the use of medical marijuana from a physician who is licensed through the North Dakota Board of Medicine and in good standing. An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) may provide written certification as well and must be licensed through the North Dakota Board of Nursing and be in good standing. The MMJ doctor must have a bona-fide provider-patient relationship with the patient which means the MMJ doctor has reviewed the patients medical records related to the qualified medical condition and completed a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s medical history and condition. The MMJ doctor also must create and maintain medical records of the patient’s condition which adhere to acceptable medical record standards. Also, the MMJ doctor must have the patient under his or her continued care for the chronic or debilitating condition that qualifies the patient for the use of medical marijuana, and he or she must have the reasonable expectation they will continue to monitor the medical marijuana patient treatment through follow-up care for the qualifying condition. Finally, the provider-patient relationship must not be only for the purpose of providing written certification for the use of medical marijuana. Many MMJ doctors provide a telemedicine appointment option if allowed by the state. If interested in telemedicine, ask your MMJ doctor if this is a possibility.
Patients who possess a physician’s recommendation may legally obtain up to three ounces of herbal medical cannabis provided by state licensed dispensaries. A registered qualifying patient may not purchase or have purchased by a registered designated caregiver more than the maximum concentration or amount of tetrahydrocannabinol permitted in a thirty – day period. The maximum concentration or amount of tetrahydrocannabinol permitted in a thirty – day period for a cannabinoid concentrate or medical cannabinoid product, or the cumulative total of both, is two thousand milligrams. Patients must have a specific certification from their physician in order to consume herbal cannabis formulations via combustion. Otherwise patients are permitted only to obtain cannabis infused tinctures, capsules, patches, or topical.
Yes. A “caregiver” means a person who is at least twenty-one (21) years old who has agreed to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana and has qualified for and obtained a caregiver identification card issued by the Department of Health. The Department may limit the number of qualifying patients a caregiver may assist at one time and the number of caregivers that a qualifying patient may have at one time.
It’s important to review the application instructions and requirements before beginning the application process for your North Dakota medical marijuana registry identification card. You may register for an account and apply for a medical marijuana card through the North Dakota Department of Health website. General information needed for the application are name, date of birth both of which should match the information on your North Dakota driver’s license or North Dakota state-issued ID, address, phone number, and email address. You must upload a photo that will be used on your medical marijuana card. Please note there are certain requirements for the submitted photo. You’ll also need to upload a copy of the front of your North Dakota driver license or a North Dakota state-issued ID that is not a driver’s license and the name and email address of the MMJ doctor who will be completing the written certification. Certain questions will need to be answered, and you’ll need to sign a medical release of information form. You do not submit the written certification, as this is the responsibility of the MMJ doctor who will be providing the written certification. Once you’ve submitted your MMJ doctor’s full name and email address, your doctor will be notified to complete the written certification. The application fee must be submitted to the North Dakota Department of Health via check or cashier’s check and mailed via snail mail. Once your application and all necessary documentation has been received and written certification provided, it will take two to four weeks for processing. To track your application status, you may sign into your account. There are application provisions for caregivers and parents/legal guardians for patients under 19 to apply to assist in the medical marijuana treatment of the person for whom they’re providing care or supervision. It’s suggested that you chronicle your medical marijuana product experiences, so you may determine which medicine works best for you. This also enables you to discuss your treatment products with your MMJ doctor, so adjustments may be made if necessary. National Medical Marijuana Card Services provides a patient journal where you can track your experiences with different types of medical marijuana products. Log in and use it!
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Medicinal marijuana products and low-THC cannabis products are available in North Dakota for qualified patients. Medical marijuana usable products in North Dakota include flower, CBD oil concentrates and extracts, and medical cannabinoid products which include solutions, capsules, transdermal patches, and topicals.
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