North Dakota Names 2 Firms to Manufacture Medical Marijuana

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department has selected two finalists to be potential manufacturers of medical cannabis.

Medical Marijuana Division Director Jason Wahl announced on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the finalists from a field of 19 applicants. Wahl said Pure Dakota would locate their facility in Bismarck, the capital, and Grassroots Cannabis would have its factory in Fargo.

Wahl says the two manufacturing facilities still must adhere to additional requirements before getting final approval.

A seven-member panel made up of health officials, citizens, law enforcement and a state lawyer scored the applications. Applicants had to submit a $5,000 nonrefundable fee.

State officials have been developing the medical cannabis system since legislators crafted a law in 2016. That followed voters’ approval of Initiated Statutory Measure 5, which permitted the drug for medical purposes, in November 2016.

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