North Dakota Voters Legalize Medical Marijuana

  • by Danielle Keane, NORML Associate November 9, 2016

    According to the Secretary of State’s office, voters in North Dakota have approved Measure 5, the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act 2016. The office’s final vote count is 64 to 36 percent.

    “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,” said NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. “Over half of all states recognize the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana. It is incumbent that the next administration abandon the federal government’s Flat Earth attitude toward medical cannabis and amend federal law in a manner that comports with available science and the majority of states’ laws.”

    North Dakota Medical Marijuana

    “North Dakotans voted compassion over reefer madness. Thanks to the support of an overwhelming majority of voters who wanted to provide relief to their fellow citizens, patients in North Dakota will now have access to a safe and effective medicine.” stated NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri.

    Measure 5, the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, permits qualified patients who possess a physician’s recommendation may legally possess and obtain medical cannabis provided by state licensed dispensaries. Those who reside 40 miles or more away from an operating medical marijuana dispensary are permitted to grow limited quantities of marijuana (up to eight flowering plants) at home.

    The new law takes effect 90 days following voter approval. You can read the full text of the initiative here.

    Congratulations North Dakota!

    11 responses to “North Dakota Voters Legalize Medical Marijuana”

    1. Mark E says:

      Is it available anywhere in the state of ND or won’t it be until 90 days after the Nov election? Willing to give it a try for phantom pain in amputated leg stump. Opiods work but have way too many side effects for me.

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