North Dakota behind in creating patient access to medical marijuana


Last update: June 27, 2016


Medical marijuana

The 2015 session of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly saw the introduction of positive legislation. House Bill 1430, supported by a bipartisan group of seven legislators, would have created a comprehensive medical marijuana system for North Dakotans. Unfortunately, the bill failed in the House, and the regular legislative session has now adjourned until 2017. Let your legislators know that, when they reconvene next year, it will be time to stand up for compassionate and sensible policies. Tell your legislators to support comprehensive, compassionate medical marijuana legislation.

Decriminalization and prohibition

North Dakota has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country. First offense possession of even a single joint is punishable by up to a year in prison and up to a $2,000 fine.

These severe penalties disproportionately affect racial minorities. A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that although blacks and whites use marijuana at nearly identical rates, blacks in North Dakota are 4.4 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.

Take action

Speak out:

Please take a moment to send a letter to your legislators asking them to reduce the penalty for possession of marijuana to a civil fine or ask them to end marijuana prohibition entirely.

You can also tell your legislators to support comprehensive, compassionate medical marijuana legislation.

Stay connected:

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Contact us:

If you support reform and are a medical professional, a seriously ill patient who might benefit from medical marijuana, a law enforcement official, a clergy member, or a member of the legal community, or you know someone else that is, please email [email protected] to see how you can be of special help. Please include your address or nine-digit ZIP code.



Pending Legislation