There are three possession limits for dried leaves and flowers. Certified patients and designated caregivers with valid medical marijuana ID cards can purchase up to 2 1/2 ounces, or 71 grams, of dried leaves and flowers in a 30-day period. Their ID card will list their limit as “standard.”
Under North Dakota law, health-care providers who can legally certify medical marijuana patients are physicians, advance practice nurses, and physician assistants. While they must be legally licensed in their specialties, providers do not need to register or pay fees or taxes to certify medical marijuana patients.
North Dakota law issues licenses for only two categories of compassion centers: a total of two grower/manufacturing facilities and eight dispensaries.
Manufacturing facilities are limited to growing and processing usable medical marijuana and may include acquiring, possessing, storing, transferring, and transporting cannabis for sale only to registered marijuana dispensaries.
In April 2019, the governor signed HB 1519 , which added 12 conditions to the list of eligible medical illnesses and injuries to qualify for North Dakota medical marijuana .
A dispensary can possess up to 219 pounds, or 99 kilograms, of usable marijuana products at any given time.
Cannabis possession of less than one-half ounce, or 14 grams, is considered a criminal infraction no longer punishable by imprisonment, but with a maximum $1,000 fine. However, possession of more than one-half ounce, or 14 grams, is a misdemeanor punishable by 30 days in prison and a $1,500 fine. Possession of more than 500 grams, or 17.6 ounces, could result in one year in prison and a $3,000 fine. Being caught with any amount of cannabis within 1,000 feet, or 305 meters, of a school is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The same penalties apply to cultivation of cannabis.
Eight dispensaries have been licensed around the state. Businesses applying to become registered dispensaries must pay a non-refundable $5,000 application fee and, if approved, pay a $90,000 license fee. The license duration is two years.
In the current state of North Dakota marijuana legalization, the state has legalized weed for medical use, but adult-use cannabis remains illegal.
View the marijuana laws & regulations for North Dakota.