Summarizing Marijuana Legalization Legislation In North Dakota —How Will Medical Marijuana Work?

Summarize Legalization of Marijuana

Last year in November, almost 64 percent of North Dakotans voted in the favor of cannabis to be used for treating patients with debilitating conditions. After numerous hours spent debating the regulations governing the usage, the situation has finally calmed down. Now that medical marijuana is legal in the State of North Dakota, you must be wondering how it will work. Continue reading to find out the summarized aspects of the medical marijuana law.

Availability of Medicinal Marijuana

Medicinal marijuana will be available for the ailing North Dakotans by 2018 —that’s when the official enrolment will begin. According to the health department, one out of every 1000 residents will be in need of marijuana for treatment. However, this hypothesis is based on Delaware’s population and the situation may be different in North Dakota.

Qualification Requirements

The most basic question that is wringing on the minds of every North Dakotan who voted for marijuana’s legalizations is what are the qualification criteria? 17 conditions have been specified according to the legislation. For a patient to qualify, the person must have the following medical conditions:

  • Terminal illnesses
  • Cancer
  • Hepatitis C
  • ALS
  • PTSD (with limitations)
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease (in case of agitation)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic back ache
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Medical condition that leads to cachexia or wasting

In addition to these diseases, any person who has been suffering from excruciating pain without significant impact of other treatments and prescribed medicines and surgical procedures for a period of three months will also qualify for the treatment. Furthermore, if alternate treatment options have led to grave side effects, unrelenting muscle spasms, severe seizures, and unmanageable nausea, medicinal marijuana treatment can be started.

Home Cultivation Has Been Prohibited

The 2017 marijuana legalization legislation prohibited home cultivation. In the previous version of the bill, patients more than 40 miles away from a marijuana facility or dispensary could grow cannabis in their homes. However, with this amendment, even the most terminally ill patients or their caregivers will have to procure the drug from any one of the eight licensed dispensaries in the state.

Limitation on the Cannabis Form

Patients are not allowed to use marijuana in the form of edibles and concentrates. However, it can be applied topically. Tinctures, patches and capsules are also permissible. If a doctor certifies, the whole plant flower can also be prescribed.

Minors Require the Permission of Parent/Guardian

Anyone below the age of 19 years is considered a minor. Minors who have fought in the war and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder cannot use marijuana with the consent of their parents’. Other minors can only use marijuana in oil formulation.

Limitations on Supply Storage

Patients cannot keep a supply of more than 30 days. Moreover, marijuana also cannot be used in public areas and workplace. Consumers are not allowed to keep a supply of more than 2000 mg of cannabis during this 30 day period. For children, concentrations cannot exceed 6 percent of the intoxicant cannabis.

Caregivers Can Buy the Drug

If the caregiver is above 21 years of age and has a clean criminal history of drug abuse, and has paid $50 annual fee, then he/she will be allowed to buy the drug.

While North Dakota marijuana law doesn’t enforce private insurance companies and the government medical assistance programs to cover the drug cost, the legalization is still a way forward to tackle devastating conditions.