North Dakota Law The state of North Dakota currently does not have any laws
legalizing marijuana for medical or personal use. This includes
cultivating, possessing, and using marijuana in all cases. Some states
allow marijuana to be used to increase appetite, decrease nausea, ease
pain, and for other bodily aids for illnesses, but North Dakota is
prohibits marijuana under all circumstances.
Those found using, possessing, trafficking, selling, or cultivating
marijuana are viewed as illicit recreational drug users who are
violating state laws. Some states have created vast systems for
breaking up possession, sale, and cultivation offenses. These often
include breaks downs of first offenses versus subsequent offenses, the
amount in possession or being sold, and the age of the individual and
whether or not he or she is over the age of eighteen or between the
ages of fourteen and seventeen.
Possession North Dakota categorizes its possession penalties by the amount
an individual possesses upon an arrest. While some states have wide
ranges of amounts, North Dakota has much smaller categories and sees
large possession amounts as more severe crimes.
Possessing less than half an ounce is considered a misdemeanor offense.
This kind of offense can earn no more than thirty days in a county or
local jail facility and a fine up to one thousand dollars.
Possessing less than half an ounce and operating a motor vehicle at the
same time is also a misdemeanor offense. Penalties for possession while
operating a vehicle include no more than one year of incarceration in a
jailing facility and no more than one thousand dollars in fines.
Possessing between half an ounce and one ounce is a misdemeanor offense
than can be penalized by a fine of two thousand dollars and up to one
year of incarceration.
The possession of more than one ounce is considered a felony offense
and can have the consequences of no more than five years of
incarceration and up to five thousand dollars in fines.
Cultivation and Sale North Dakota groups its sale and cultivation offenses into one
category. Though the offenses are quite different, selling and
cultivating marijuana has the same penalties within North Dakota state
All sale and cultivation offenses are considered felony offenses.
Selling or cultivating one hundred pounds or fewer can be punished
through a fine of ten thousand dollars and no more than ten years in
Selling or cultivating more than one hundred pounds can earn up to
twenty years in prison and a fine of ten thousand dollars.
Selling any amount of marijuana on or within one thousand feet of
school property is also a felony offense. This kind of offense can earn
an increased felony charge and comes with varied penalties.
Other When an individual is convicted of a marijuana offense--whether
is be for cultivation, possession, or sale--he or she automatically is
required to submit to substance abuse evaluation. This also includes
other drug-related problems. North Dakota currently does not have any
specific laws in regards to driving under the influence of marijuana.