North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program Gets Tentative Timeline for Roll Out

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On July 11, 2017, state health officials revealed a tentative timeline for the roll out of the North Dakota medical marijuana program.

According to The Bismark Tribune, the state Health Department has begun asking parties interested becoming licensed to either manufacture or distribute medical medical to submit a letter of intent to the department by July 28.

The letter is not legally binding and will only be used to gauge interest in the program and estimate how long the process will take. As it stands now, the department plans on opening up the application process in early August and hopes to make a selection by the start of September.

In order to apply for licensing, prospective applicants will have to pay a non-refundable $5,000 application fee. Selected applicants will have to pay two-year licensing fee of $110,000 for manufacturing and $90,000 for dispensing.

Speaking with The Bismark Tribune, Kenan Bullinger, director of the department’s medical marijuana division, said that the department’s goal is to have the program ready by Spring 2018.

“We want to know how many are really serious about getting into this, either from a grower standpoint or a distribution standpoint,” Bullinger said. “I think we’re still on track to deliver 12-18 months after the signing of the bill.”

North Dakotans voted on Nov. 8, 2016, to legalize medical marijuana.

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