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Medical marijuana dispensaries approved for Bismarck and Fargo

Sep 25, 2018

Medical marijuana dispensaries have been selected for Bismarck and Fargo.

The state Health Department said Harvest of Bismarck and Acreage North Dakota of Fargo will now be registering as dispensaries.  State law says as many as 8 dispensaries will be chosen. The application period for the Grand Forks and Williston regions is open until October 10th, and the others will be open for applications in January.

Medical Marijuana Division Director Jason Wahl said once the Fargo and Bismarck centers are up and operating, medical marijuana will be available for patients who register.

"A qualifying patient that's unable to travel to Fargo or Bismarck could have a designated caregiver that can come and make the purchases on their behalf," Wahl said. "We also have an option for home delivery service, and that will need to be worked on and discussed further with the two dispensaries."

Wahl said the timing will also depend on the two manufacturing centers getting up and running.

"We will attempt to have the manufacturing facilities and dispensaries meet and have discussions about product availability, and when dispensaries can anticipate products," Wahl said. "We'll try to mirror their opening with the availability of products."

The Department plans to open online applications for patients and caregivers near the end of October.