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19 applications for pot dispensaries in Fargo, Bismarck

19 applications for pot dispensaries in Fargo, Bismarck Click to Enlarge

North Dakota's health department says it has received 19 applications to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Fargo and Bismarck.

The health department says eight of the applications are for the Bismarck/Mandan area and 11 are for Fargo. The application period for those two regions ended Tuesday. In September, the division will open applications for dispensaries in the Grand Forks and Williston regions.


Health department officials expect to select the dispensaries around Sept. 21 and the plan is to have the businesses open by mid-2019.


Voters legalized medical marijuana in 2016. The health department designated eight zones across the state where the dispensaries can operate and the application process is being staggered.


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