Under the new regulations, enacted as of November 8, 2016, North Dakota will be open for medical marijuana businesses.
The regulations of this measure have provisions for dispensaries also known as Compassionate Care Centers, which will cultivate a limited amount of medical cannabis and dispense it to registered patients. They are required to be set up as nonprofit and should maintain appropriate security, including well-lit entrances, an alarm system that contacts law enforcement, and video surveillance. They may not be located within 1,000 feet of a school, and they will be subject to inspections and other rules.
Applicants will pay a $5,000 non-refundable application fee and, if they are approved, a $25,000 licensing fee.
Compassion center licenses will be granted based on a merit-based application process, which will consider the suitability of the proposed location; the applicants’ character and expertise in related fields; the proposed centers’ plans, including for record keeping, safety, and security, staffing and training, preventing diversion, and for pesticide-free cultivation; whether the applicant has sufficient capital; and its ability to make medication affordable for all patients.
As of right now, the state has not indicated how many licenses will be issued and when they will open the application period to would-be entrepreneurs.
To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should:
The state allows potential business owners to open a compassion center in North Dakota. Whether this is possible or not will hinge entirely on the city and/or county of choice, as the state allows the local municipalities to ban or place moratoriums on whether to license centers for operation or not.