The North Dakota Department of Health (DoH) just issued a report on the status of the state’s medical marijuana program implementation. The full report is available here.
In fiscal year 2019, there were 1,183 applications submitted. As of June 30, just over 800 individuals were approved and registered to use medical marijuana. The state has two medical marijuana manufacturing facilities and seven dispensaries. The eighth dispensary is set to open by the end of the year.
In order to use medical marijuana, a patient must secure written certification from a physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant, confirming that the patient has one or more of the debilitating medical conditions authorized in state law.
There were 155 health care providers that completed written certifications during fiscal year 2019. The percent of written certifications completed by health care provider was:
• 73% Physicians
• 23% Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
• 4% Physician Assistants
The DoH, through its Division of Medical Marijuana, provides information to the medical community through a variety of means including conducting presentations at health care facilities, providing information at conferences/seminars, reaching out to professional organizations in the state, having information for health care providers on the its website, and responding to emails and phone calls from the medical community.
The North Dakota Department of Health medical marijuana program 2019 annual report has more information, including the list of debilitating medical conditions and the top conditions submitted in written certifications. For more information, contact the Division of Medical Marijuana North Dakota Department of Health at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 328-1311.