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Grand Forks, Williston medical marijuana dispensary applications open

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health is accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensaries in Grand Forks and Williston regions, the agency said Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Applications will be accepted until 3 p.m. Oct. 10, the department said in a news release.

The two regions represent the second round of dispensary applications. A review panel will meet Friday to review and score applications for the Fargo and Bismarck/Mandan regions.

Jason Wahl, the state’s top medical marijuana regulator, anticipates Grand Forks and Williston dispensaries to be selected near the end of November, according to a news release.

The department will open applications in January for the four remaining regions: Devils Lake, Dickinson, Jamestown and Minot. The applications require a $5,000 nonrefundable fee.

Wahl expects to begin receiving patient and designated caregiver applications near the end of October. The department has already selected two manufacturing facilities to be located in Fargo and Bismarck.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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