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The number of qualifying patients for North Dakota’s medical marijuana program now tops 300. North Dakota Medical Marijuana Director Jason Wahl says the number of registry identification cards is slowly climbing.

A Grand Forks dispensary - Strive Life - is expected to open in mid to late May.

The 66th Legislative Assembly continued to fine-tune some of the med-pot laws. Wahl says the six or seven pieces of legislation were significant.

Summary of changes:

· Removal of the requirement for a health care provider to state that, in their professional opinion, the patient is likely to receive a therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana. (House Bills 1283 and 1417)

· A qualifying patient with the debilitating medical condition of cancer may be authorized by their health care provider to purchase up to six ounces of dried leaves or flowers in a 30-day period. (House Bill 1417)

· In lieu of a written certification, a veteran receiving treatment from a federal VA entity may submit a copy of their medical records. (House Bill 1283)

· Physician assistants have been added to the definition of health care provider, allowing a physician assistant to complete a written certification. (House Bill 1283)

· Twelve conditions were added to the list of debilitating medical conditions. (House Bill 1519)

· Patients over the age of 19 are authorized to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of dried leaves or flowers in a 30-day period without a special authorization from their health care provider. (House Bill 1417)

· A manufacturing facility may grow more than 1,000 plants to sufficiently meet the demands of qualifying patients. (Senate Bill 2210)

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