Health department taking apps for medical marijuana dispensaries

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The North Dakota Department of Health is taking applications for certificates to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in the Bismarck-Mandan and Fargo regions. 

The applications will be taken through August 7th. 

A $5,000 nonrefundable application fee is required with all submitted applications. 

A panel will be set up to review the applications and select one in each region for registration through the department of health. 

A dispensary registered with the state health department will be authorized to sell products to registered, qualified patients and designated caregivers. 

In September, the health department will take applications for the Grand Forks and Williston regions. 

Four certified dispensaries will be selected this year, out of a total of eight planned for the state. 

Complete instructions and application forms are available on the division’s website at www.ndhealth.gov/MM/.  

The health department notes applicants should fill out the materials currently on the site as there have been changes from the draft applications previously posted. 

The health department also plans to accept online patient and caregiver applications by the end of October, so registry ID cards can be issued before the dispensaries open for business. 

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