North Dakota Medical Marijuana Market

Growing Medical Marijuana Market and Adult-Use Possibilities for North Dakota

Citizens of North Dakota approved medical marijuana in 2016, and the first dispensary opened on March 1, 2019 in Fargo. There is strong support for medical marijuana in the state, but citizens rejected a proposal in 2018 to legalize adult-use. However, two separate legalization efforts were renewed in 2019, and state election officials have approved one group’s ballot petition for circulation. 

The legislature has recently expanded the medical marijuana program by addressing four major areas of concern — doctor-patient relationship, adding qualifying conditions, increasing the amount of medical marijuana allowed to patients, and marijuana edibles authorization.

The best course of action to take now is to join and/or support the campaigns for legalization, spread the word to friends and family, and call your representatives to start advocating for adult-use cannabis in North Dakota.

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Cannabis Business Guidance in North Dakota

Self-education and beginning your pre-license positioning early will give you a competitive advantage in North Dakota should adult-use get approved in 2020. We can help you sort out the facts, educate you on the actual market conditions and opportunities, provide specific information based on what type of cannabis business you want to start, and begin developing goals and plans.

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Market Conditions in North Dakota

There are 3 operating medical marijuana dispensaries in North Dakota, with 5 more scheduled to open by the end of 2019. The program has 820 registered patients as of July 2019, and the Department of Health expects that number to increase as the legislature eases restrictions and expands patient accessibility.

There are two groups advocating for adult-use legalization in North Dakota. The ND for Freedom of Cannabis Act is a constitutional amendment initiative that citizens will vote on in the June 2020 election if petitioners can get 26,904 signatures by February 10, 2020. The ballot petition has been approved by the state for circulation.

Legalize ND, the group that led the 2018 failed legalization push, aims to amend the state’s Century Code instead of the constitution, and their target is the November 2020 election. They have to collect signatures from 2% of the state’s population -- 13, 452 people -- before June 9, 2020 to be included on the November ballot. While the two efforts are different, North Dakotans may have two chances to legalize adult-use cannabis in 2020.

Stay up-to-date on cannabis in North Dakota

Cannabis legalization is constantly changing, and Canna Advisors can help develop your cannabis business to successfully navigate these state regulations. For the latest news and events in the industry, visit our Blog and News and Events pages, and have a look at some of the following top articles on cannabis legalization in North Dakota.

Two groups fighting for legal marijuana in ND” - The Jamestown Sun

ND implements changes to medical marijuana law that improve business viability” - Marijuana Business Daily

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