North Dakota Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Those 65+ in Hospice Care to Self-Certify as Medical Marijuana Patients

A North Dakota bill that would allow those aged 65 and older to certify themselves as patients eligible to take part in the state’s medical cannabis program has been passed by the House and Senate.

House Bill 1478, “relating to the self-certification of an individual admitted into the hospice program for the medical use of marijuana”, will now be sent to Governor Doug Burgum after being approved by both the House and Senate. The measure passed the House by a vote of 86 to 6, and it passed the Senate unanimously, 45 to 0.

Filed by State Representative Mary Schneider with a bipartisan group of 10 cosponsors, House Bill 1478 allows those 65 and older to to “submit to the department a copy of the individual’s medical records identifying a designation of being admitted” into the program. The department “may use medical records in place of a written certification to approve or deny the application”.

The proposal states that The department “shall issue a registry identification card within fourteen calendar days of approving an application under this section”, and the department “shall waive the registration fee for a qualifying patient applicant admitted into the hospice program.”

For the full text of House Bill 1478, click here.

Below is a list of conditions that qualify an individual to become a medical marijuana patient in North Dakota:

  • Agitation from Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Brain injury
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Cachexia or Wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic or debilitating disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Intractable nausea
  • Neuropathy
  • Migraine
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Severe debilitating pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tourette syndrome


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