Medical Marijuana Laws by State

Medical marijuana laws by state vary drastically in their scope and implementation, including the regulation of dispensaries and the types of illnesses treated. Please write to your Senators and let them know how you feel.


Recreational and medical use


Medical use only


CBD only state


Currently still an illegal state


North Dakota

Legalization: This state has legalized marijuana for medical use.
Law: Initiated Statutory Measure 5  – “North Dakota Compassionate Care Act” – Approved Nov. 8, 2016 by 63.7% of the voters.
How The Law Reads:

“This initiated measure would add a new chapter to Title 19 of the North Dakota Century Code creating an Act providing for the medical use of marijuana… To participate in the program, the Act would create identification cards with specific criteria before they can be issued by the Department of Health for patients, caregivers, compassion centers and other facilities. The Act would create procedures for monitoring, inventorying, dispensing, and cultivation and growing of marijuana to be regulated and enforced by the Department of Health.”

Approved Conditions: Cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease, 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 chronic or debilitating disease medical condition or its treatment 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, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis; Any other medical condition or its treatment added by the North Dakota Department of Health.

Possession/Cultivation: 3 ounces of usable marijuana per 14-day period

Contact and Program Details:
North Dakota Department of Health



“If the qualifying patient’s home is located more than forty miles from the nearest compassionate care center, the qualified patient or designated caregiver may cultivate up to eight marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility.” Source: North Dakota Compassionate Care Act

Patient Registry Fee:
To be determined

Accepts other states’ registry ID cards?