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1st North Dakota medical marijuana dispensary delayed a day

February 27, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The opening of North Dakota’s first medical marijuana dispensary has been delayed a day.

Acreage Holdings was to open The Botanist in Fargo Thursday. The Health Department says it’s been changed to Friday.

Medical Marijuana Division Director Jason Wahl says the facility didn’t pass final city inspection until Wednesday, and it still needs to undergo the final stages of a state inspection Thursday.

The Botanist will sell medical marijuana produced by a Bismarck manufacturing facility. Wahl says that initially it will have dried leaves and flowers and two types of concentrates. Those are two of six forms allowed under state law. The dispensary will add more forms later.

Voters approved medical marijuana in November 2016. The state hopes to have dispensaries operating in North Dakota’s eight major cities by fall.