Legal status of marijuana in the state of north dakota

Legal status of marijuana in the state of north dakota
Luke Sholl

Find out about the legal status of medical and recreational marijuana in the state of North Dakota. Is marijuana illegal? Better safe than sorry!


North Dakota's medical marijuana program was legalized in the end of 2016 and is said to be up and running in the beginning of 2018.
Medical marijuana will be legal for patients with a prescription from a licensed physician, and available from one of the licensed dispensaries.

The qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in North Dakota include:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cachexia (Wasting syndrome)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic or debilitating disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Intractable nausea
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Severe debilitating pain
  • Spinal stenosis


North Dakota is known for having a very strict policy on recreational cannabis. The cultivation, sale, and possession of cannabis for recreational purposes are highly illegal in North Dakota.

North Dakota has no tolerance for possession of recreational cannabis and any amount will certainly get you in trouble.

Getting caught with 1 oz (28 grams) or less is treated as a misdemeanor, but will land you in jail for up to 30 days and get you a fine of up to $1,000.

Possessing more than 1 oz is considered a felony and penalties get more severe from there. 1 oz to 500 grams is good for up to 5 years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. More than 500 grams is good for 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000.

We are not aware of any possible law changes in the (near) future in North Dakota regarding medical and/or recreational cannabis.

Luke Sholl
Luke Sholl

Fascinated by the wellness potential of nature, Luke has spent over a decade writing about cannabis and its vast selection of cannabinoids. Creating, researching and writing content for Cannaconnection, alongside several other industry-related publications, he uses strong technical SEO skills and diligent research to bring evidence-based material to thousands of unique visitors.