19 Prospective Marijuana Businesses Vie For 2 Licenses in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department will review 19 applications from potential manufacturers of medical cannabis.

Medical Marijuana Division Director Jason Wahl says that’s the number of applications that were submitted prior to the deadline Monday, April 23, 2018. A seven-member panel made up of health officials, citizens, law enforcement officials and a state lawyer will begin examining the applications. Applicants had to submit a $5,000 nonrefundable fee.

The state will register two manufacturers.

State officials have been developing the medical cannabis system since legislators crafted a law a year ago. That followed voters’ approval of the drug on November 8, 2016, when Initiated Statutory Measure 5 received 63.8 percent approval.

Wahl says medical cannabis should be available in North Dakota by the end of the year.

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