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Medical Marijuana Will Be Legally Available In North Dakota Next Year If Governor Signs New Policy

Apr 17, 2017 08:00 AM EDT

Medical marijuana soon to be available in North Dakota
(Photo : Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) New policy looks promising to push through legalizing the use of regulated medical marijuana in North Dakota.

There's now a number of American States that have legalized the use of medical marijuana over the recent years. This is due to numerous studies that have been claiming the endless benefits that the drug can give to an individual with neurological diseases such as Parkinson's, Epilepsy, and more. To join the list perhaps by this year, North Dakota has been lobbying for the legalization of medical marijuana in their state only awaiting approval from Governor Doug Burgum.

This is after a research from the local health department claimed that five out of every 1,000 individuals in North Dakota will benefit from the regulated use of the drug, as explained by Star Tribune. Things are looking up and if the Governor signs the policy, the drug might be available for regulated use come next year, 2018. People with neurological disorders are now hoping that the new policy can prolong their life and provide treatment to their illnesses. 

If they will be available by next year, medical marijuana will be in forms such as capsules, topical creams, and patches. Smoking is not a recommendable way to ingest it, however, it will be allowed should a medical practitioner specifically instruct such actions.

According to a report from Fox News, there is a list of 17 medical conditions that allow the use of regulated medical marijuana. Mostly these include neurological diseases, including terminal disorders as well. No purchase nor use will be allowed without the authorization of a doctor, a nurse, or a medical certificate.

On the other hand, there are very strong restrictions that remain for the use of medical marijuana particularly a limit on the amount of purchase. For anyone, say a caregiver, trying to purchase the drug for someone else, there are also requirements needed including an age limit of 21, a criminal background check, a registered caregiver to a patient with a certificate, and a $50 annual fee.

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