A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Medical Card in North Dakota

Getting your hands on a medical marijuana card in North Dakota is a fairly straightforward process that qualifying patients can easily handle. All it takes is an evaluation, proper documentation, and registration. Here’s how to get your North Dakota medical marijuana card in just three steps:

  1. Meet with your primary care physician for an evaluation
  2. Get a physician’s recommendation
  3. Submit your documentation, get approved, and get your card

For medical patients, it’s important to know that North Dakota has strict laws on the types of cannabis that can be sold/consumed in the Roughrider State. Currently, adult medical patients have access to capsules, concentrates or extracts, flower, solutions, topicals, and transdermal patches. 

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How to Get a North Dakota Medical Marijuana Card

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Who Can Get a Medical Card in North Dakota?

In North Dakota, to get a medical card, you must:

  • Be at least 19 years of age
  • Be a resident of North Dakota
  • Have at least one qualifying medical condition
  • Have a bonafide relationship with the qualified professional who recommends you medical cannabis

Minors under the age of 19 who have a qualifying medical condition can also obtain an ND MMJ card, but their parent or guardian must register on their behalf. 

What Are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in North Dakota?

The qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in North Dakota are:

  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Brain injury
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Decompensated cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or elastic skin
  • Endometriosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Migraine
  • Neuropathy
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Terminal illness
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition on their treatment that produces one or more of the following:
    • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
    • Intractable nausea
    • Seizures
    • Severe debilitating pain that has not responded to conventional treatment for more than three months, or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects
    • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including multiple sclerosis

How-To Steps for Getting an MMJ Card in North Dakota

1: Meet With Your Primary Care Physician for an Evaluation

The first step to getting your North Dakota medical marijuana card is meeting with your primary care physician for an evaluation (as long as they qualify). Meeting with your primary practitioner is ideal because you will need to have a bonafide relationship with your doctor in order to receive proper documentation. 

2: Get a Physician's Recommendation

After your evaluation, your practitioner will decide whether or not your medical conditions qualify for medical cannabis. If they do, your physician will write you the recommendation needed to then apply for your MMJ card in the next step. 

3: Submit Your Documentation, Get Approved, and Get Your Card

Along with your physician’s recommendation, you will need to submit proof of ND residency and identification, as well as a one-time $50 application fee to the North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program website. 

After you submit your application, you will get an approval/denial email letting you know the status of your card. If you’ve been approved, you will receive your North Dakota medical marijuana card up to 20 days later.