Department of Health to open medical marijuana dispensary applications next week

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The North Dakota Department of Health announced Monday it will open applications for medical marijuana dispensaries in the Bismarck and Fargo on July 10.

The Department of Health has established eight regions where medical marijuana dispensaries can be located. Other regions include Devils Lake, Dickinson, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.

An application period for Grand Forks and Williston regions will open in September.

Applications for Devils Lake, Dickinson, Jamestown and Minot regions are expected to open in January, with the intent of having all eight operational by June 30, 2019.

Opening applications for dispensaries is the next step for medical marijuana in North Dakota. In May, a panel selected two entities to register as medical marijuana manufacturing facilities: Pure Dakota LLC in Bismarck and Grassroots Cannabis in Fargo.

A dispensary registered with the Department of Health will be authorized to sell products to registered qualifying patients and designated caregivers. Access to products will be available to all qualifying patients throughout the state once the first dispensary is operational.

Wahl said the Department of Health is expected to open online applications for qualifying patients and designated caregivers near the end of October.

A draft dispensary application is provided on the Division of Medical Marijuana’s website.

For more information, visit www.ndhealth.gov/mm or call the Division of Medical Marijuana at 701-328-1311.

By: Blair Emerson, Bismark Tribune

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