Applications now open for medical marijuana patients and caregivers

The state health department is now taking applications for qualifying patients and designated caregivers for the use of medical marijuana. 

The online applications, along with instructions and video tutorials, can be found on the health department’s Division of Medical Marijuana website at www.ndhealth.gov/mm/

Those interested in applying to become a registered qualifying patient must provide contact information, an uploaded copy of their driver’s license, a recent photo of themselves, and their health care provider’s name and work email address. A health care provider will need to complete a written certification for an application to be complete. 

 A written certification must be made through a legitimate provider-patient relationship. The health care provider is agreeing that, in their opinion, the patient is likely to receive therapeutic benefit from the medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate the patient’s debilitating medical condition. 

A health care provider does not prescribe or complete a prescription.  

Those interested in applying to become a designated caregiver must submit the same information as a qualifying patient, as well as having a criminal history record check with the initial application and every two years after. 

A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required for for qualifying patients and designated caregivers. 

 While applications are being accepted as of today, the division anticipates registry identification cards will be printed and mailed in December, closer to the date that products are available. 

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