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North Dakota legalized medical marijuana last night

North Dakota was one of nine states to vote on some sort of marijuana measure Tuesday.
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North Dakota legalized medical marijuana yesterday.

A ballot measure in the state passed with 64 percent of voters saying "yes," and 36 percent saying "no," according to the North Dakota Secretary of State website. A total of 337,653 votes were counted.

This means that North Dakotans with "debilitating medical conditions" can apply to get a medical marijuana card. Recreational use of the drug (so just smoking for fun) will still be illegal.

It also means that the state's Department of Health will regulate the "inventorying, dispensing, cultivation and growing," of the medical marijuana, and also deal with any violations of the act.

Patients will be able to get up to 3 ounces of marijuana at a time.

Medical conditions that qualify a person for a medical card include:

  • Cancer
  • AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • PTSD
  • Alzheimer's disease and Dementia
  • Crohn's disease or Fybromyalgia
  • Spinal Stenosis or chronic back pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy
  • "Chronic or debilitating disease medical condition that results in: wasting syndrome, severe debilitating pain (that other treatments haven't fixed or the other treatments caused side effects,) intractable nausea, seizures, and severe muscle spasms.
  • Any others that the Department of Health adds

The same type of measure was proposed back in 2012, but was thrown out before making it to the ballot because they found out that a ton of the signatures were fake.

Other states legalized it too

Weed was on a lot of ballots Tuesday.

California and Nevada voted to legalize recreational use. As did Massachusetts (the country's first Eastern state to do so). Maine looks poised to approve it as well, though some ballots are still being counted, the New York Times says. Arizona voted against legalizing recreational use.

Along with North Dakota, Arkansas and Florida also approved medical marijuana, the Washington Post reported. Montana voted to expand their existing legal medical marijuana laws.

Minnesota legalized medical marijuana back in 2014, and in 2015 added intractable pain to the list of qualifying conditions, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

As of today, Governing.com says a total of 28 states plus the District of Columbia have in some way or another legalized marijuana— with seven of those being legal recreational use.

Here's a map from Governing.com that shows the specifics:

 Credit: Governing.com

Credit: Governing.com

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