AP: North Dakota expects medical marijuana to be available in Spring 2018


The North Dakota Health Department will register two “compassion centers” to make the drug and eight more to dispense it.

By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. — State health officials have set a tentative timeline for establishing a medical marijuana industry in North Dakota, with a goal of having the drug available to patients next spring.

The Health Department is asking those interested in manufacturing or distributing medical marijuana to notify the agency by July 28. The requested letters of intent aren’t binding but should give officials an idea of the amount of interest.

“We want to know how many are really serious about getting into this, either from a grower standpoint or a distribution standpoint,” said Kenan Bullinger, director of the department’s medical marijuana division.

North Dakota voters last November approved medical marijuana, and the Legislature earlier this year crafted regulations that Gov. Doug Burgum approved in April. The North Dakota Compassionate Care Act allows the use of medical marijuana for 17 medical conditions, along with terminal illnesses.

Source: http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/07/11/north-dakota-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-regulations/83508/