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North Dakota Creates 8 Regions for Medical Marijuana Shops

North Dakota Creates 8 Regions for Medical Marijuana Shops

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North Dakota establishes areas for medical marijuana dispensaries according to The North Dakota Department of Health Press Room.

Eight regions have been selected to operate medical marijuana dispensaries. This announcement was made Thursday by the North Dakota Department of Health.

The regions include a 50-mile radius surrounding eight cities within the state. The cities include Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Grand Forks, Minot, Williston, Dickinson, Jamestown and Devils Lake. State law allows up to eight dispensaries to be registered by the NDDoH.

The Opinions of North Dakota

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Mylynn Tufte – State Health Officer, ND Department of Health. via Mid Dakota Clinic

The Health Department has been working to create the program since last April approved regulations crafted by lawmakers. State law allows medical marijuana for 17 medical conditions and terminal illnesses. However, the drug isn’t expected for availability to patients until late this year.

State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte stated to NCCHPR that “establishing eight regions, the North Dakota Department of Health is able to provide access to dispensaries to the majority of the population in the state with as minimal travel as possible.”

“Medical marijuana dispensaries are the locations where registered qualifying patients and registered designated caregivers will be able to purchase usable marijuana under the state’s medical marijuana program.”

The NNoH Press Room released that a dispensary can be located anywhere within one of the regions. This will allow the same entity to apply in multiple regions. On the other hand, the proposed rules only allow the same entity to possess one registration certificate.

The Plan for Patients

The NNDoH will be tracking purchased amounts. Qualifying patients will not be able to purchase more than 2.5 ounces of dried leaves and flowers and 2,000 mg of THC total from all other products every 30 days. These patients must have authorization from their health care provider in order to purchase dried leaves and flowers.

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While state law authorizes six forms of usable marijuana. However, the availability of these forms at each dispensary will be determined by dispensaries and manufacturing facilities. In addition, dispensaries will get to choose to deliver marijuana directly to a registered qualifying patient or registered designated caregiver anywhere within the state.

North Dakota legalized cannabis for medical purposes in November of2016. However, it remains illegal for recreational purposes. Possession of small recreational amount is a misdemeanor crime.

A map can be downloaded on the Division of Medical Marijuana’s website.

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North Dakota’s Health Department has established eight regions for medical marijuana dispensaries, centering around the state’s largest cities. via The Bismark Tribune 

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