A few giant, multistate gamers gained North Dakota’s first medical marijuana dispensary licenses, snagging permits for the state’s two largest cities because the business edges nearer to launching operations by late this yr or early 2019.
A state assessment panel awarded dispensary licenses in:
- Fargo: The allow went to Acreage North Dakota, which is owned by New York-based Acreage Holdings. The firm has operations in 14 states.
- Bismarck: HOFB or Harvest of Bismarck, which is owned by Arizona-based Harvest Inc.. The firm has MMJ licenses in seven states.
In all, 11 purposes have been submitted for Fargo and eight for Bismarck. Applicants needed to pay a $5,000 nonrefundable charge.
North Dakota reportedly could have eight dispensaries statewide by subsequent yr.
The North Dakota Department of Health is accepting purposes by means of Oct. 10 for dispensaries in Grand Forks and Williston and expects to pick corporations by late November. Applications will open in January for the 4 remaining areas — Devils Lake, Dickinson, Jamestown and Minot.
North Dakota beforehand awarded cultivation licenses to Pure Dakota for Bismarck and Grassroots Cannabis for Fargo. Pure Dakota has began rising marijuana, in accordance with state officers.
The division expects to open purposes for sufferers and docs in late October, with a aim of getting registration playing cards to those that qualify by the top of the yr.
North Dakota voters authorised medical marijuana in November 2016, and state regulation permits its use for 17 circumstances in addition to terminal sicknesses.
– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily