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Brief Overview of North Dakota Cannabis Laws

2016 – North Dakota voters approve of Measure 5, known as the “North Dakota Compassion Act”. State Bill 2344 (SB 2344) removes the ability for people to grow their own cannabis.

Patients may possess up to 3 ounces of herbal cannabis. For concentrates and infused products, the maximum possession limit is 2,000 mg over a 30 day period.

Patients must have a recommendation to use combustible cannabis. Otherwise, it can only come in the form of edibles, capsules, tinctures, patches or topicals/salves. Edible products are not defined as a “medical cannabinoid product”.

Up to a maximum of 8 dispensaries are allowed to be operational in North Dakota at any one time. A maximum of two producers.

No dispensaries are operational as of yet.

For those without a medical marijuana card, possession of 1 ounce or less is a misdemeanor, and can bring up to 30 days’ incarceration and/or a maximum fine of $1,500. Anything more, and it’s a felony, with a incarceration period of between 5 and 10 years and a maximum fine of $10,000 (for between 1 oz and less than 500 g) or $20,000 for possession of any amount over 500 g.

Possession of any amount near a school can bring up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

Sale of any amount carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years.

Ingesting hash or concentrates is a misdemeanor, with up to 1 year in prison and/or a fine of $3,000. Possessing or manufacturing hashish or concentrates is a felony, with 5 years incarceration and/or a $10,000 fine for possession and 10 years incarceration and/or a $20,000 fine for manufacture.

Possession, distribution, delivery, advertisement or manufacture of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, with up to 1 year imprisonment and a $3,000 fine.

Any conviction requires the offender to undergo drug addiction evaluation.

Juveniles may have their driver’s licenses suspended for up to 6 months.