Burgum signs bill legalizing medical marijuana in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (Valley News Live) North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana into law.

The measure allows primary care doctors and registered nurses to recommend medical marijuana to patients who have a card allowing them to purchase it from dispensaries.

It doesn't allow anyone under 19 from using smokable marijuana or using products with high levels of THC.

The bill also limits people to buying 2000 milligrams of THC per month, or about 110 joints according to one representative.

Voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana in a citizen initiative in November.

Lawmakers did make some changes to the plan but supporters of the campaign have said they are mostly satisfied with the new rules.

The first dispensaries expected to open in January of 2018.