North Dakota Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Out-of-state marijuana labs show interest in North Dakota

Omar Sacirbey  | September 5, 2017

Seven companies with experience in other states have expressed interest in testing medical marijuana in North Dakota, which is setting up an MMJ program approved by voters last year.

State officials had expressed concern about how much interest there would be among in-state labs that focus mainly on agricultural and environmental testing.

Out-of-state companies “have …

North Dakota’s medical cannabis rules may be only weeks away

Bart Schaneman  | August 25, 2017

North Dakota’s medical marijuana regulations are only weeks from being finalized, according to a state regulator.

MMJ program director Kenan Bullinger said during an advisory meeting he expects the MMJ regulations to be finalized “within the next week or so,” the Bismarck Tribune reported. However, he cautioned, “We’re going to take the time necessary …

North Dakota seeks medical cannabis testing lab

Bart Schaneman  | August 8, 2017

North Dakota is in the market for a testing laboratory for its nascent medical marijuana program.

The chosen lab will be responsible for collecting and testing samples from marijuana cultivators in the state, the Forum News Service reported.

Each sample will be tested for:

  • Microbiological contaminants
  • Mycotoxins
  • Active pesticide ingredients
  • Residual …

Potential licensees show interest in ND medical cannabis program

Bart Schaneman  | August 2, 2017

Nearly 100 groups and businesses in North Dakota have shown interest in producing or dispensing medical marijuana.

The health department in June asked those considering entering the state’s MMJ program to notify the agency by the end of the month so it could gauge interest.

The request exceeded expectations, with the agency receiving 97 nonbinding letters …

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 …