North Dakota Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

North Dakota eyes spring 2018 start for medical cannabis sales

Kevin Huhn  | July 11, 2017

Medical marijuana sales in North Dakota would begin next spring under the state’s tentative timeline for its MMJ industry.

The state Health Department plans to open the application process for growers and dispensaries in early August and close it at the end of September. The agency would review applications in October and make selections in …

North Dakota lawmakers OK medical marijuana industry rules

John Schroyer  | April 14, 2017

North Dakota’s legislature has passed a bill establishing a regulatory structure for the state’s upcoming medical cannabis industry.

The measure – which now goes to the governor, who said he would sign the bill – includes several business-friendly provisions.

Dispensaries, for instance, will be able to sell smokable MMJ, which will help attract patients to …

Chart: 8 new marijuana markets slated to launch in 2018

Eli McVey  | March 27, 2017

By Eli McVey

Get ready for the next iteration of the green rush.

The marijuana industry is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in 2018, when at least eight of the 11 states that passed significant medical or recreational cannabis measures last year are expected to start sales.

Medical marijuana businesses see silver lining in White House comments on cannabis

Omar Sacirbey  | February 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical marijuana companies are finding solace in comments from the White House last week indicating the federal government might crack down on recreational cannabis but leave the $2 billion MMJ industry alone.

“It is good news for medical marijuana,” said Alex Ford of the Grassroots Vermont dispensary.

North Dakota taps new medical marijuana director

Bart Schaneman  | February 6, 2017

Amid a legislative debate over the rules governing North Dakota’s new medical marijuana industry, the state’s health department has named the first director of the voter-approved MMJ program.

Effective Friday, Kenan Bullinger was tapped to oversee the program, according to the Bismarck Tribune. Bullinger has worked for the health department for more than three decades, and …

Chart: Sales projections for states that legalized cannabis on Election Day vs. 2016 industry estimates

Eli McVey  | November 21, 2016

By Eli McVey

States that passed marijuana measures earlier this month eventually could generate more in annual retail MJ sales than the entire U.S. cannabis industry is expected to this year.

Though these new markets will take time to develop, they present tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on the results of the election.

Legal uncertainty for marijuana industry after Trump election, conference panelists say

John Schroyer  | November 17, 2016

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey


That’s the easiest way to summarize the legal climate for cannabis entrepreneurs after Donald Trump’s election as president, according to a panel of political experts Wednesday at the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.