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Applications for North Dakota’s last medical marijuana dispensaries available soon

BISMARCK — Potential medical marijuana dispensaries soon can apply to open in the Devils Lake, Jamestown, Dickinson and Minot regions.

The North Dakota Department of Health announced Tuesday, Jan. 8, it could open the application period for those areas by the end of the month. The regions are the last of eight areas in North Dakota to accept applications for medical marijuana dispensaries.

“Once they have been selected, all eight of the dispensaries authorized by state law will be chosen, completing an important step in implementing the medical marijuana program,” said Jason Wahl, director of the medical marijuana division for the Health Department, in a statement.

The timeline for choosing the successful applicants for those regions depends on the number of applications received, Wahl said Wednesday.

It’s possible the state could make its final decision in late March or early April, he said. Applicants for Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Williston already have been approved.

Those dispensaries could open in February, Wahl said.

The state allowed itself to open one dispensary in each of the eight regions, but the businesses must be located within 50 miles of the chosen cities.

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