It’s been almost two years since North Dakotans voted to approve medical marijuana and beginning this Monday, October 29th, patients will be eligible to apply for medical marijuana cards.
The process begins at the Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana website where electronic applications will be a available for people interested in becoming a patient.
On that application, individuals will need to provide personal information including their health care provider.
Director of the Division of Medical Marijuana, Jason Wahl, says they will look closely at the patient, doctor relationship, before approving people for a card.
“How many times a patient has seen different doctors in the past is something that we would not ask for in the application process. However, we do have the authority and have responsibility to be looking at information to make sure that a bona fide provider patient relationship exists,” Wahl said.
Physicians and advanced practice registered nurses are the only ones that can sign off or attest to getting patient’s approved. Some qualifying conditions include glaucoma, cancer, epilepsy and more. Some doctors will prescribe, but some won’t citing it still being illegal on the federal level.
“We’re not able to have our physicians to recommend this product due to the inconsistency in the law. there’s a lot of other options to utilize for disorders from medication therapies to therapies,” CHI St. Alexius Health Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Informatics, Keith L. Horner said.
Sanford Health released this statement —
“Sanford does not endorse or oppose the use of medical marijuana. the decision is up to each Sanford doctor and what they feel is medically best for their patients.”
Those who become approved will receive a card through the program in mid-December.
That will allow patients to enter a dispensary to make purchases. No word yet on when those will be up and running.
We’re told there is no limit to how many applications the division of medical marijuana will receive, but individuals can change providers and medical assistance by filling out another application.
Click here to further break down the medical marijuana law.