How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In North Dakota?
Reading Time: 6 minutes

Multiple states throughout the US are now becoming an active part of the medical marijuana initiative where proper state-authorized and monitored medical marijuana programs are launched. A total of 38 states have become a part of this initiative so far. North Dakota is one such state.

The state of North Dakota does allow qualifying patients to get an online recommendation from a certified medical marijuana doctor. This has already streamlined the whole medical marijuana application process for qualifying residents of North Dakota.

Today, we are going to expand our discussion and take a look at all the possible aspects of North Dakota’s medical marijuana program. This is to ensure that the Kif keeps you updated regarding what you possibly can expect on your journey to become a licensed medical marijuana user in North Dakota.

Possible Benefits Of Having A Medical Marijuana Card In North Dakota

The first and most obvious benefit is the fact that patients in North Dakota having valid medical marijuana cards will be allowed to possess and consume marijuana-based products when the recreational use of cannabis is still strictly banned within the state.

The card also allows you to possess up to 3 ounces each of cannabis flower and dried leaves. But a patient is restricted to buying only 2.5 ounces at a time. However, the physician has the right to increase the possession limit to 6 ounces for cancer patients.

Every month, registered medical marijuana consumers can possess up to 4000 milligrams of THC concentrates including oils, tinctures, edibles, pills, and other forms of concentrated cannabis. But minor patients are not permitted to use products that have THC concentration higher than 6%.

It is also crucial to note that patients are only allowed to consume medical cannabis through tinctures, capsules, patches, or topicals. Only if the physician allows then the patient can consume medical marijuana products through combustion.

Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility requirements set by the state of North Dakota are quite similar to those set by other medical marijuana states. The applicant must be older than 19, a permanent resident of North Dakota, and must have a valid medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician. If the applicant is a minor, he/she requires assistance from a legal caregiver to act in their place and help with all the legal documents and purchase of medical marijuana if necessary.

Qualifying Medical Conditions

To be eligible for a medical marijuana recommendation, the patient must be diagnosed with one of the following qualifying medical conditions,

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), AKA Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Brain injury
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Cirrhosis (Caused By hepatitis C)
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Failure to thrive/cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Glaucoma
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Nausea
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Seizures
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tourette syndrome

How To Apply? A Step-By-Step Guide

Now, before we give you a step-by-step guide to follow to apply for a North Dakota medical marijuana card, there are some important documents that you need to gather around. These documents include,

  • Your driver’s license or state-issued ID mentions your North Dakota address.
  • A 2×2 passport-style photograph of yourself.
  • All your necessary medical records.
  • And a certified signed recommendation from a physician (don’t worry, the Kif can help you get that in no time!)

Once you have gathered all these documents, you are now all set to proceed with your application. Here are the steps you need to follow in the same order,

  • The first step is to get a recommendation from a certified medical marijuana doctor in North Dakota. With the Kif, you need to log in to your Kif account and book an appointment that suits you.
  • Now you need to attend the appointment with all your medical records if requested by your doctor. The sole purpose of this evaluation is to ensure that you are indeed eligible to apply for North Dakota’s medical marijuana program and that opting for marijuana-based treatment can surely aid your health in the long run.
  • Once you get the certified recommendation, you can now complete your application on the state’s portal and submit the set application fee for the whole procedure.
  • If you get the approval, you’ll be mailed your North Dakota medical marijuana card via the mail in approximately 7 working days.

What To Expect During Your Kif Appointment?

The Kif is a telemedicine-based platform that allows you to book an appointment with a certified medical marijuana doctor completely online. Our network is spread across several US states including North Dakota, helping you to get your certified medical marijuana recommendation if you are indeed eligible.

Once you signup with us, you’ll notice that you will receive a prompt to book your online appointment with us. You can choose the time and days you prefer. Once everything is booked, you just need to be online on the day of evaluation and bring any sort of medical records with you requested by your doctor.

Potential Cost

The whole cost for you to get a medical marijuana card in North Dakota is divided into certain junctions. First, you’ll need to pay for an appointment with a certified medical practitioner. If you choose us, we are not going to charge you in case you are marked ineligible for a medical marijuana license by our physician.

The state application will cost you $25 which will be non-refundable. The validity period of your card will be one year and when you decide to renew your card, you’ll need to again book an appointment with a certified medical practitioner to get a recommendation.

Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

The state of North Dakota doesn’t accept out-of-state medical marijuana nor does the state has any reciprocity agreements signed by any state in this regard. However, some states do accept North Dakota medical marijuana cards. These states include,

  • Alaska ^
  • New Mexico * (recreational cannabis is legal in NM)
  • New York ^
  • California ^
  • Colorado ^
  • Hawaii *
  • Pennsylvania (minors only)
  • Illinois ^
  • Maine
  • Connecticut ^
  • Arkansas *
  • Michigan (qualifying state must also have reciprocity with Michigan)
  • Missouri ^
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey *
  • Oklahoma *
  • Oregon ^
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington ^
  • Washington D.C.
  • Maryland ^ (as of July 2023)
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Virgin Islands *
  • Utah (max. 45 days, after which the patient must apply for a Utah MMJ card)
  • Vermont ^
  • Virginia ^

States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.

States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out-of-state cards.

Applying As A Caregiver

At times, some individuals do qualify for a medical marijuana card but are not able to apply. These individuals usually include patients who are younger than 19 and can’t take legal action on their own without any assistance. In such cases, the patient must be accompanied by a legal caregiver.

The state of North Dakota hasn’t mentioned the exact requirements and the major role of a medical marijuana caregiver. However, the caregiver must go through a background check that costs around $41.25 and must be paid by the patient. The caregiver also requires to submit the same identification documents as that of a patient.

How & Where To Buy Medical Marijuana In North Dakota?

It is clear that if you reside within a US state having an active medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medical marijuana goods is from a state-authorized dispensary. The same is the case in North Dakota where the state has established around eight licensed dispensaries for registered medical marijuana patients.

These dispensaries are bound to let registered medical marijuana patients only to purchase medical marijuana products. Also, state law prevents the dispensaries to deal in certain forms of marijuana products that are prohibited for consumption.

Is ‘Cultivation’ a better option?

No, in the case of North Dakota, cultivation is not a better option. The state’s law mentions that it is illegal for anyone to cultivate marijuana on their own. This includes individuals having a valid medical marijuana card and their licensed caregivers as well.

North Dakota Medical Marijuana Laws That You Should Be Aware Of!

  • Patients are only allowed to consume medical marijuana in the form of edibles, capsules, oils, tinctures, etc. If they wish to consume smokable marijuana, they need special written permission from their physician.
  • The North Dakota Law allows around eight dispensaries and two producers to function at any time.
  • Possessing one ounce or less of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor that can result in 30-day incarceration and a $1500(maximum) fine.
  • Possessing any higher amount is a felony that can result in a 5-10 years incarceration and a fine up to $20000.
  • Possession, distribution, delivery, advertisement, and manufacture of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor.
  • Any sort of conviction requires the drug abuser to undergo an evaluation.


Are there specific medical marijuana doctors in North Dakota who can recommend the card?

  • The state only accepts medical marijuana recommendations signed by certified North Dakota medical marijuana physicians.

Can I use my Medical Marijuana Card from another state in North Dakota?

  • No, the state of North Dakota doesn’t recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards.

How long is the Medical Marijuana Card valid in North Dakota?

  • In most cases, the medical marijuana card is valid for one year in North Dakota.

Where can I purchase medical marijuana after obtaining my card in North Dakota?

  • There are a total of 8 state-authorized dispensaries across the state from which you can purchase medical marijuana products.

Are there any restrictions on the amount of medical marijuana I can possess in North Dakota with the card?

  • The North Dakota medical marijuana card allows you to possess up to 3 ounces each of cannabis flower and dried leaves.

Can I grow my cannabis plants if I have a Medical Marijuana Card in North Dakota?

  • No, cannabis cultivation is illegal in North Dakota.

What should I do if I lose my Medical Marijuana Card in North Dakota?

  • The best approach in such a scenario will be to apply for a card renewal as soon as possible.

By Rachel Stone

Rachel Stone is an experienced content marketer with over five years of expertise in cannabis science and culture writing. Her contributions have been showcased in renowned publications such as Forbes, Weedmaps News/, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

Terms & Conditions