For those of you that are curious to what is going on with the Medical Marijuana program and in response to the recent Grand Forks Herald article...
As you might know, the ND legislature is not in session and does not go back into session until January of 2019. During the interim, the Legislative Management Committee makes decisions that need to be made and there are interim committees. Effective April 18,2017, the legislature required the Public Health Department to implement the ND Medical Marijuana Program. Why has it has taken so long? I would ask the same question and so I did. I did not get a good answer except that they are following the procedures required by law to implement the program. As with many government programs there are all sorts “red tape” that slow the process. I do not know of any individuals or organizations that are trying to slow down the process. Apparently, establishing a new agency and the agency rules has several steps they need to follow that take time.
After the law was passed, a new Medical Marijuana Program was set up within the Public Health Department. The MMP has a web site for additional information. https://www.ndhealth.gov/MM/
The MMP set up their division and then they established administrative laws after holding 6 public meetings. The ND Attorney General has approved these rules. The Administrative Rules Committee (Interim Committee) will meet March 12 to approve the administrative rules. Once the rules are approved, they open up the application process for manufacturers. (About 4 weeks, May?) Two of them are chosen and then those 2 manufacturers need to build their facilities and begin growing the product. Dispensaries are chosen through an application process. There will be 8 to start and they will have the option of delivery for some areas for disabled patients. See Map: https://www.ndhealth...spensary_Map.pdf
They don’t have a exact time when they will be open and ready to serve patients. I was told today it will be as early as October, as late as December.
I hope that answers some of your questions.