ND Health Dept. reveals proposed medical marijuana rules

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North Dakota's Health Department has revealed proposed administrative rules for the state’s medical marijuana system.

Voters approved medical marijuana in November 2016. Earlier this year, state lawmakers crafted regulations that Gov. Doug Burgum approved in April.

Jason Wahl is interim director of the division of medical marijuana. He says the rules are not based on those of one state, but several states.

“We attempted to review and look at information from a number of states,” he said, “and then draft the rules in a manner that we believe provided the best-regulated program to help prevent potential diversion and unlawful use.”

The health department is taking public comments through Dec. 26, and has scheduled public meetings in six cities next month—including one in Grand Forks on Dec. 14. Wahl says people may also submit comments by mail or email.

Wahl says it’ll probably be 11-to-13 months before marijuana is dispensed in the state.

The advocacy group Marijuana Majority says a two-year lag between voter approval and drug availability is too long.

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