19 vie for pair of North Dakota medical marijuana cultivation permits

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Nineteen applications were submitted in North Dakota for two medical marijuana cultivation licenses, with each applicant ponying up a $5,000 fee to be a grower in one of the nation’s newest and smallest MMJ markets.

The deadline for businesses to throw their hats in the ring was Monday morning, KFGO reported. State health department officials will begin evaluating the permit applications this week, according to an agency spokesman.

Last month, the state legislature approved regulations to govern the new MMJ program, and sales are expected to begin by the end of the year.

The application period for the state’s eight dispensaries is yet to be announced. According to the Department of Health’s website, the timeline for dispensaries to apply for permits will be revealed after growers are chosen.