State Health Council OKs medical marijuana rules

Fargo, Grand Forks Named Two of Eight Regions for Medical Marijuana in North Dakota

Medical marijuana administrative rules have been signed off by the State Health Council of North Dakota among the uncertainty of whether the government might eliminate the marijuana operations.

The Attorney General's office they expect to have a decision by January 31.

Fargo and Grand Forks have been officially named as two of eight regions for medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

"Right now the department is moving forward with implementing the program".

"We'll continue to monitor information from the federal government, and attempt to provide updates to the public", he said.

Jason Wahl, the interim director of the Division of Medical marijuana, says eight dispensaries is the most they can set up under the law.

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They cover such things as lab testing, security requirements and transportation regulations. The process resulted in some changes, such as lengthening the time that law enforcement agencies will have to report to the state any problem incidents.

The Attorney General's office said they're now reviewing the rules.

The department on Tuesday released a draft application for potential manufacturers, to give them a head start on the process.

The department of health has been actively working to create the operation since the administration Gov. Doug Burgum approved the regulations of medical marijuana last April, which crafted in November 2016 by the lawmakers by the approval of voters for the drug.

Under the proposed rules, dispensaries will have the option to deliver usable marijuana directly to a registered qualifying patient or registered designated caregiver anywhere within the state.

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