Adult-Use Legalization Projected to Diminish North Dakota’s Medical Market

Should New Approach North Dakota advocates succeed with their 2022 adult-use ballot measure this November, the state’s medical market would pretty much disappear.

While North Dakota officials have issued more than 8,200 medical ID cards to qualifying patients since voters approved Initiated Statutory Measure 5 with a 64% majority in 2016, the number of active patients would likely dwindle to fewer than 2,000 following adult-use legalization, The Associated Press reported.

North Dakota Medical Marijuana Division Director Jason Wahl told a legislative panel Sept. 12 that the state’s medical registry could shrink by more than 80% because, in part, New Approach ND’s 2022 measure would allow adults 21 and older to purchase greater amounts of cannabis or cannabis products, tax rates would remain the same and edibles would be allowed under adult-use legalization.

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Under current medical cannabis law, North Dakota patients are limited to purchasing 2.5 ounces of dried cannabis flower in a 30-day period, but the 2022 ballot measure would allow those 21 and older to purchase up to 1 ounce of cannabis, 4 grams of concentrate or up to 500 milligrams of THC in an infused an infused product—the possession limit—in a

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