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North Dakota Marijuana Laws

State marijuana laws vary quite a bit from one state to the next, with some states continuing to put people in jail for simple possession and others fully legalizing its recreational use. Regardless, marijuana remains illegal under federal drugs laws that often run counter to state efforts at decriminalizing its use. Federal marijuana laws are likely to change, since there is more support among voters and states that have legalized it have been largely left alone, but this will continue to be a hot-button issue politically.

North Dakota Marijuana Laws at a Glance

Marijuana laws in North Dakota are relatively severe, and even the possession of less than .5 ounce of the herb is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Possession of more than one ounce bumps the charge up to a felony, while the sale of more than 100 pounds can result in a prison term of up to 20 years. North Dakota does not allow the medical use of marijuana.

Additional details about North Dakota's current marijuana laws are listed in the following table. See FindLaw's Drug Charges and Patient Rights sections for more information.

Code Section 19-03.1-01, et seq.
Possession Under .5 oz.: Class B misdemeanor (30 days and/or $1,000); Under 1 oz.: Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 yr. and/or $1,000 -- but may be expunged from record if no further conviction for 2 yrs.); Under .5 oz. while operating a motor vehicle: Class A misdemeanor; more than 1 oz. but less than 500g: Class C Felony (5 yrs. and/or $5,000); more than 500g: Class B Felony (10 yrs. and/or $10,000)
Sale, Cultivation, or Intent to Sell

Up to 100 lbs.: Class B felony (10 yrs. and/or $10,000; 100 lbs. or more: Class A felony (20 yrs. and/or up to $10,000); Delivery to a minor by an 18 year old

Charges for cultivation are based on possession

Trafficking -
Medical Marijuana? No
Is Drug Court an Option?
Yes (see North Dakota Parole and Probation Services)

Anyone convicted on a drug charge must submit to a mandatory drug addiction evaluation

Juveniles may lose their driver's license for up to six months

Note: State laws change periodically, often through the enactment of new legislation but also through court actions and other means. You may want to contact a North Dakota drug crime attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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