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Is weed legal in North Dakota? North Dakota’s conservative base opened up its doors to medical cannabis in 2016 but drew the line at legalizing recreational marijuana. North Dakota activists and lawmakers continue to work together to make weed legal in the state.

Is Adult-Use Cannabis Legal in North Dakota?

Currently, cannabis is illegal for recreational use. North Dakota’s prohibitive stance against marijuana was established in 1933.

In 2019, Governor Dough Burgum signed a law to reduce cannabis possession penalties.

Today, possession of small amounts of marijuana (except for concentrates) is punishable with a fine instead of jail time.

People with cannabis-related convictions are required to undergo a drug addiction evaluation. Minors may get their driver’s license suspended for up to six months.


Possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana is a criminal infraction punishable with a fine of up to $1,000.

People who commit this criminal infraction at least twice within the same year may be sentenced to a maximum of 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,500.

Possession of more than half an ounce and less than 500 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable with 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,500.

Possession of more than 500 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable with one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $3,000.

The court will permanently seal first-time convictions for offenders possessing one ounce or less only if the offender does not repeat the same offense within two years.

People with prior convictions for possession of cannabis or paraphernalia can request a pardon from North Dakota’s Pardon Advisory Board.


Possession of any amount of hash and concentrates is a felony punishable with one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $3,000.


Possession of cannabis paraphernalia is a criminal infraction punishable with a fine of up to $1,000.

Is Medical Cannabis Legal in North Dakota?

Cannabis is legal for medical use in North Dakota. Cannabis legalization efforts in the state ramped up in 2015 with House Bill 1430. The bill was defeated with a 26-67 vote. Shortly after, Fargo resident Rillie Ray Morgan drafted up a ballot initiative for medical cannabis for the 2016 election.


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North Dakota residents approved Measure 5 in 2016 legalizing medical cannabis use for adults over 19 years of age or older. In 2017, the state legislature removed a provision allowing medical patients to grow weed in North Dakota  The changes also required medical doctors to specifically state that a patient benefitted from smoking marijuana in certain cases.

Medical cannabis dispensaries are currently opened in the state. If you’re interested in participating in the state’s medical marijuana program, you must obtain a “registry identification card,” also known as a medical marijuana card, to purchase your medicine.

How to Get a Medical Cannabis Card in North Dakota

If you want to obtain a medical cannabis card in North Dakota, you must have a qualifying debilitating medical condition and have a written certification from your medical doctor, who you have a bona fide provider-patient relationship.

Application fee: $50 nonrefundable (may be waived for applicants under the age of 19)

Medical cannabis cards are valid for one year unless otherwise specified by a healthcare provider on the written certification.

Visitors cannot use a different state’s registry identification card to buy medical cannabis in North Dakota. Conversely, North Dakota residents can’t use their medical cannabis cards in other states with medical marijuana programs.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Decompensated cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spinal stenosis or chronic back pain, including neuropathy or damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy
  • A terminal illness
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or treatment for such disease or medical condition that produces one or more of the following:
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Severe debilitating pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures for more than three months or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects
    • Intractable nausea
    • Seizures
    • Severe and persistent muscle spasm, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis


Patients under the age of 19 can apply for a medical card in North Dakota. The individual responsible for making medical decisions of the minor must submit an application on behalf of the applicant.

Patients must designate a caregiver to purchase cannabis on the minor’s behalf. A designated caregiver can be a parent, guardian, or other individual.

Minors are not allowed to purchase or use dried leaves and flowers or any cannabis product with a THC concentration greater than six percent.

Purchasing Limits

Qualifying North Dakota medical marijuana patients are allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of dried leaves and flowers or 2,000 mg of other medical cannabis products in a 30-day period.

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Dispensary Locations

The law allowed for up to two manufacturing facilities and eight dispensaries to be registered. The state’s first dispensary opened on March 1, 2019 in Fargo. Check below for dispensary locations in North Dakota:

  • Harvest of Bismarck (Bismarck)
    • 1207 Memorial Highway
    • 701-595-0995
  • Herbology (Devils Lake)
    • 310 Highway 2 East
    • 701-354-8225
  • The Botanist (Fargo)
    • 4302 13th Ave. S. #19
    • 701-807-1455
  • Strive Life (Grand Forks)
    • 1809 13th Ave. North
    • 701-335-6124
  • Herbology (Jamestown)
    • 1513 Business Loop East
    • 701-404-1897
  • Herbology (Minot)
    • 2301 16th SW
    • 701-248-5310
  • Harvest of Williston (Williston)
    • 120 26th Street East, Suite 500
    • 701-409-8880
  • Herbology (Dickinson)
    • 318 24th St. East
    • D701-660-3174

Is Hemp and CBD Legal in North Dakota?

Hemp and CBD are legal in North Dakota. In March 2019, House Bill 1349 legalized the commercial production of hemp in the state. The bill also set up regulations for the issuing of hemp licenses.

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