BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department has named companies to open medical cannabis dispensaries in the state’s two largest cities.
A review panel selected HOFB, or Harvest of Bismarck, to open a facility in that city, and Acreage North Dakota to operate one in Fargo. The companies must meet additional requirements before becoming state-certified.
State Medical Marijuana Division Director Jason Wahl called it “another major milestone” in building a program to make cannabis available to patients statewide by summer 2019. North Dakota voters approved by nearly 64 percent legalization of medical cannabis through Initiated Statutory Measure 5 in November 2016.
The Health Department is currently taking applications for dispensaries in Grand Forks and Williston. Applications will open in January 2019 for the four remaining regions — Devils Lake, Dickinson, Jamestown, and Minot.
The department expects to open applications for patients and doctors in late October 2018.