Recommending Cannabis in North Dakota

Once you have visited your doctor and discussed a recommendation for medical cannabis to treat one of the eligible conditions listed below, you will fill out an application on the ND Department of Health website. The application will include:

  • Your name, date of birth, address, phone number, email address;
  • An uploaded photo; This is the photo that will go on the ID card if the application is approved. Face the camera directly with your full face in view. Do not tilt the photo. Do not use a filter. Your eyes must be open. The background of the photo should be plain (plain white or off-white background is best). Your photo should be in color and not black and white or sepia. Avoid wearing dark, tinted glasses, hats or head coverings when taking the photo. The system will accept various image formats, including jpeg and png;
  • An uploaded copy of the front of your ND state issued driver's license or ND state issued non-driver identification card;
  • Name of health care provider who will be completing the written certification;
  • Email address of health care provider who will be completing the written certification;
  • A signed medical release of information document, contact your healthcare provider about this.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee paid online with a card or by mail with a physical check or money order.

You will be asked three questions:

  • If you are able to make their own medical decisions? If answered "no" additional information will need to be provided
  • If you are intending to designate a caregiver, in this case a caregiver will fill out a separate application as well but will need a barcode number from you.
  • If you are a veteran. If you are, you will need to provide a few additional answers.

Once you have finished the application, you will still need a written certification from your doctor. Since you have submitted their health care provider's full name and email address, the provider will be notified to complete the written certification on your behalf. You will not provide the written certification, as it will come directly from the health care provider

Eligible conditions:

If you are diagnosed with one of the following conditions, you may be eligible for physician certification as a patient in North Dakota:

  • cancer;
  • positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);
  • acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS);
  • decompensated cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C;
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;
  • post-traumatic stress disorder;
  • 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; anorexia nervosa; bulimia nervosa;
  • anxiety disorder;
  • Tourette syndrome;
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; endometriosis;
  • interstitial cystitis; neuropathy;
  • migraine; rheumatoid arthritis;
  • autism spectrum disorder;
  • a brain injury;
  • a terminal illness;
  • or a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or treatment for such disease or medical condition that produces one or more of the following: (1) cachexia or wasting syndrome; (2) 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; (3) intractable nausea; (4) seizures; or (5) severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.

Becoming a Patient as a Minor:

If you are under the age of 19 and wish to become a cannabis patient in South Dakota, the process is slightly different. Minors must apply on the ND Department of Health website. Minor applicants must have a designated caregiver. The parent or legal guardian can be the designated caregiver; if your designated caregiver is a parent or legal guardian with whom you reside, the application fee for the caregiver will be waived. Somebody other than the parent or legal guardian can be the designated caregiver.

Benefits of Being a Patient:

If you are arrested for the possession of cannabis, you will have an affirmative defense in court provided that you have your registry ID on your person at the time.

Becoming a Caregiver:

If you wish to become a designated caregiver, you must submit a separate application specific to designated caregivers in order to receive a registry ID card and be able to purchase, assist in the use of, or possess products under the Medical Marijuana Program on behalf of a registered patient. You must provide the patient barcode number and patient name as part of the application. Make sure you have the barcode from your designated patient before you fill out the application.