Can You Smoke Weed in Public in North Dakota?

Can You Smoke Weed in North Dakota?

Yes, registered qualifying medical cannabis patients in North Dakota can smoke marijuana. However, Section 19-24.1-33(4) of the North Dakota Century Code (NDCC) bans using combustible delivery forms of cannabis where minors would inhale the smoke. Weed cannot be smoked for recreational purposes as adult-use cannabis is prohibited in the state.

Can You Smoke Weed in Public in North Dakota?

No. While medical cannabis is legal in the state, registered patients are prohibited from smoking marijuana in public spaces or vehicles, including public transport. Generally, Chapter 19-24.1 of the NDCC bans smoking weed in the following places:

  • On the grounds of private or public schools
  • Correctional facilities
  • On school vans or buses
  • Childcare facilities
  • Other locations, while public or private schools endorsed events are taking place at those locations

Can You Smoke Weed in a Vehicle in North Dakota?

North Dakota medical cannabis laws prohibit smoking marijuana in vehicles while they are moving or stationary. Operating a motor vehicle, aircraft, motorboat, or train while under the influence of cannabis is illegal in the state. In North Dakota, registered cannabis patients who intend to drive with their marijuana products in their vehicles should keep the products sealed in their original containers and put them away in glove boxes or trunks.

Who Can Smoke Marijuana in North Dakota?

Medical cannabis patients enrolled in the state's Medical Marijuana Program are the only ones who can consume marijuana legally in North Dakota. However, a special written authorization from a registered patient's medical provider is required to smoke medical cannabis in the state. Minors are not permitted to smoke dried marijuana flowers and leaves with over 6% THC concentration.

Where Can You Legally Smoke Weed in North Dakota?

Other than a registered patient's private residence, smoking cannabis in other places, including workplaces, remains illegal in North Dakota. Smoking cannabis on campuses and in spaces where minors could inhale the smoke is also prohibited. Additionally, it is a federal offense to consume or smoke weed in federal buildings located in North Dakota.

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