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Is Recreational Cannabis Legal in North Dakota?

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Though Medical cannabis in the state of North Dakota is legal, recreational marijuana is not. Here is a detailed overview of the journey towards legalization.

House Bill 1430 (2015): This bill attempts to establish a framework for medical marijuana was voted down by a 26-67 margin in February.

Medical legalization (2016): Measure 5was voted in by North Dakota voters effectively establishing a medical marijuana program which was effected on April 18, 2017. The medical marijuana program allowed for the production and processing of medical marijuana as well as the sale and dispensing for medical use by qualifying patients as well as their caregivers.

The qualifying medical conditions in the state of North Dakota are:

  • Terminal Illness
  • AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s or related Dementia
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Brain Injury
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Decompensated Cirrhosis due to Hepatitis C
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Migraine
  • Neuropathy
  • HIV
  • PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Chronic back pain or spinal stenosis, including neuropathy or nervous tissue damage
  • neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Tourette Syndrome

Other qualifying conditions that are a result of a debilitating disease or other medical conditions or their treatment include:

  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Severe debilitating pain which does not respond to medication that has been previously prescribed or surgical measures after three or more months of treatment.
  • Intractable nausea
  • Seizures
  • Persistent and severe muscle spasms, inclusive of those characteristic to multiple sclerosis.

Possession is capped at 3 oz. with compassionate centers that are licensed by the state. In this state, if you happen to be more than 40 miles away from a dispensary you are allowed to grow up to 8 cannabis plants as a patient or caregiver.

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Lydia K. (Bsc. RN) is a cannabis writer, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. Currently, she is a regular writer for Mace Media. In the past, she has written for MyBud, RX Leaf & Dine Magazine (Canada), CBDShopy (UK) and Cannavalate & Pharmadiol (Australia). She is best known for writing epic news articles and medical pieces. Occasionally, she deviates from news and science and creates humorous articles. And boy doesn't she love that! She equally enjoys ice cream, as should all right-thinking people.

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