North Dakota Considering Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill

North Dakota Considering Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill

BISMARCK, ND — A bi-partisan group of lawmakers in the North Dakota House has introduced compassionate legislation that would establish a comprehensive, workable medical marijuana program in North Dakota.

Filed last week by Representatives Pamela Anderson (D), Eliot Glassheim (D), Kathy Hawken (R), Andrew Maragos (R), Marvin Nelson (D), Jasper Schneider (D), and Marie Strinden (D),  House Bill 1430 would allow seriously ill patients to possess and cultivate a limited amount of marijuana. It would also create a system of registered medical marijuana providers to ensure patients have safe and reliable access.

Under the proposed legislation, qualifying patients would be allowed to possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana and cultivate up to six cannabis plants.

Qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in North Dakota would include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe debilitating pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms.

The medical marijuana program would be administered by the state’s department of health, who would have the authority to add additional qualifying conditions to the medical marijuana program.

The bill also includes provisions preventing discrimination against medical marijuana cardholders, and prohibits local communities from banning medical marijuana businesses.

The bill has been assigned to the  Joint Health and Human Services Committee, and is scheduled for a committee hearing on February 4, 2015.  The full text of the bill can be found here.

Twenty-three states and Washington, D.C. have enacted compassionate laws that protect individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer, ALS, and other serious medical conditions from arrest and prosecution for using marijuana medicinally under their doctors’ recommendations.

If you are a North Dakota resident, please contact your elected representatives and ask them to support this legislation via this page, courtesy of the Marijuana Policy Project.