In November 2016, voters in North Dakota passed a ballot initiative, Statutory Measure No. 5, legalizing the use of marijuana for specific medical conditions such as:
- Hepatitis C
- Glaucoma and
Under the law, North Dakota residents can use medical marijuana if they obtain identification cards and certificates of registration requiring approval by a physician. Once eligibility is established, patients can obtain up to 3 ounces of usable marijuana and, in some instances, could even grow the marijuana at their residence.
North Dakota Marijuana Laws at a Glance
Additional details about North Dakota's current marijuana laws are listed in the following table. See FindLaw's Drug Charges and Patient Rights sections for more information.
||North Dakota Century Code Section 19-03.1-01, et seq. (Uniform Controlled Substances Act)
Under 0.5 oz.: Class B misdemeanor (30 days and/or $1,000).
Under 0.5 oz. while operating a motor vehicle: Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 yr. and/or $1,000 -- but may be expunged from record if no further conviction for 2 yrs.).
Under 1 oz.: Class A misdemeanor punished as described above.
More than 1 oz. but less than 500g: Class C Felony (5 yrs. and/or $5,000).
More than 500g: Class B Felony (10 yrs. and/or $10,000).
|Sale, Cultivation, or Intent to Sell
Up to 100 lbs.: Class B felony (10 yrs. and/or $10,000)
100 lbs. or more: Class A felony (20 yrs. and/or up to $10,000)
Charges for cultivation are based on possession.
|Is Drug Court an Option?
||Yes (see North Dakota Parole and Probation Services)
Anyone convicted on a drug charge must submit to a mandatory drug addiction evaluation.
Juveniles can lose their driver's license for up to six months.