North Dakota

North Dakota

6,895
Registered Patient Population
0.90%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
8
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
862 : 1
Patients : Retail

Medical cannabis is legal in North Dakota, however patients cannot cultivate at home. Patients and caregivers may purchase up to 7.5 ounces from dispensaries every thirty days. North Dakota does not recognize out of state medical cannabis cards.

Patient Rights and Civil Protections 40/100   
Arrest Protection 25/25
Affirmative Defense 10/20
Parental Rights Protections 0/20
DUI Protections 0/10
Employment Protections 0/20
Explicit Privacy Standards 5/5
Access to Medicine 10/100   
Authorizes Retail Access 10/10
Alternative Accessibility Methods 0/20
- Authorizes Delivery 0/10
- Authorizes Curbside Pickup 0/10
Personal Cultivation 0/15
Collective Gardening 0/5
Sufficient Number of Licenced Retailers 0/30
Reciprocity 0/20
Program Functionality 60/100   
Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame 14/20
Reasonable Possession Limits 10/10
Reasonable Purchase Limits 7/10
Telemedicine for Physician Certifications 0/15
Patient and Physician Representation in Program Decision Making 10/20
Reasonable Caregiver Standards 5/5
- Background Checks 2/2
- Number of Caregivers 3/3
Reasonable Physician Standards 5/5
Access to Administration Methods 9/10
- Allows Dried Flower 5/5
- Allows Edibles, Concentrates, and Other Forms 4/5
Provides Access to Minors on School Grounds 0/5
Affordability 43/100   
Sales Tax Break for Patients and Caregivers 20/20
Covered by State Insurance or Health Aid 0/20
Reasonable Registration Fees 18/20
Financial Hardship Waivers or Discounts 0/20
Donation Program 0/10
Allows Multi-Year Registrations 5/10
Health and Social Equity 37/100   
State Program Protections 25/25
Housing Protections 0/25
Access for Minors 7/10
Access in Underserved Areas 0/10
List of Qualifying Conditions is Exhaustive or All Inclusive 5/10
Allows Patients to Medicate Where they Choose 0/10
Organ Transplants 0/5
Ownership or Employment Restrictions 0/5
Consumer Protection and Product Safety 68/200   
Total 17/50
Quality Management Systems 0/10
Staff Training 0/10
Standard Operating Procedures 5/8
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Water Management 0/1
- Records Management 1/1
Pesticide Usage Limitations 2/2
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/2
Required Testing 6/8
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 1/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Moisture Content/ Water Activity 1/1
Packaging and Labeling 1/3
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Pesticides 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recall Protocol 3/7
Total 28/50
Quality Management Systems 10/10
Staff Training 0/10
Standard Operating Procedures 6/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Records Management 1/1
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/3
Required Testing 7/10
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 1/1
- Residual Solvents 1/1
- Homogeneity 1/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Water Activity 0/1
Packaging and Labeling 2/5
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Ingredients 1/1
- Allergens 0/1
- Nutritional Content 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 3/5
Total 18/50
Staff Training 0/20
Standard Operating Procedures 6/7
- Facility Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Product Testing 5/10
- Product Meets Requirements Before Sale 5/5
- COA Disclosure 0/5
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 7/13
Total 5/50
Independent or Third-Party 0/5
Laboratory Sampling 5/5
Method Validation 0/4
Quality Management Systems 0/5
Staff Training 0/20
Standard Operating Procedures 0/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Equipment and Instrument Calibration 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Sample Tracking 0/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Result Reporting 0/4
Score Penalties 17/100   
Gives Regulatory Preference to Adult Use 0/20
Classifies Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 5/15
Administrative or Supply Problems 0/15
Requires Vertical Integration 0/10
Creates New Criminal Penalties for Patients 10/10
Limits Patients to a Single Retailer 0/10
No System for Adding Qualifying Conditions 0/10
Imposes Bans or Limits on THC 2/5
Imposes Bans or Limits on CBD 0/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2021 State of the States Report.
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