Fargo, Bismarck to start taking pot dispensary applications

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota will begin accepting applications to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Fargo and Bismarck next week.

The North Dakota Department of Health said Monday it will begin taking applications July 10 as it begins a phased-in approach to allowing dispensaries in eight regions throughout the state. The regions besides Fargo and Bismarck are Devils Lake, Dickinson, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.

All eight regions are expected to be allowed to apply for dispensaries by June 30, 2019.

Applications for medical marijuana patients and caregivers are expected to be available in late October.