Medical Marijuana Emerges as Dark Horse in North Dakota


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On Nov. 8, 2016, a majority of voters in North Dakota approved Measure 5, legalizing medical marijuana in the state and signaling a watershed victory in the legalization movement.

“The fact that North Dakotans approved medical cannabis with an effort that was largely off the radar of most political operatives shows that truly any state could be the next to change its marijuana laws,” said Tom Angell, Chairman of Marijuana Majority, in a statement.

According to Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML, “The success of this grassroots campaign shows once again that voters do not wish to have the state come between the decisions of a doctor and a patient.”

The passage of Measure 5, also known as the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, garnered a 63.8% approval rate from voters, as reported by the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office.

The measure allows patients with cancer, AIDS, ALS, hepatitis C, glaucoma, epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others, to apply for acceptance into the state’s medical marijuana program.

The North Dakota Department of Health is in charge of licensing patients, caregivers, compassion centers and facilities, plus the implementation of procedures for seed-to-sale tracking. Registered patients will be allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana.

“Now the State Department of Health will have rules and regulations they’re going to have to develop,” said Riley Ray Morgan, head of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, as reported by Prairie Public. “It’s going to take a good 90-days before we see any certain movement on this.”

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