ND implements changes to medical marijuana law that improve business viability

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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed into law changes to the state’s medical marijuana law that will increase patient access and therefore expand business opportunities for cannabis license holders.

According to a news release, the state health department has implemented the changes passed by the Legislative Assembly.

Those changes include:

  • Adding 12 qualifying conditions to the list of debilitating ailments that can be treated by medical marijuana.
  • Allowing an MMJ manufacturing facility to cultivate 1,000-plus plants to ensure demand is met.
  • Expanding the definition of health-care provider to include physician assistants, who now are permitted to write MMJ certifications.
  • No longer requiring health-care providers to note whether a patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefits from MMJ.
  • Allowing a qualifying cancer patient to buy as much as 6 ounces of medical marijuana over a 30-day period.
  • Permitting qualified patients 19 and older to buy up to 2.5 ounces of MMJ over a 30-day period without authorization from a health-care provider.