7 Companies Interested In Testing Medical Marijuana
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Seven companies with experience in other states have expressed interest in testing medical marijuana in North Dakota.
The response pleases state officials who were concerned about how much interest there would be among in-state labs that focus mainly on agricultural and environmental testing.
North Dakota voters approved medical marijuana last year, and the state Health Department is setting up a system for legally getting it to qualified patients.
The agency ultimately will register two centers to make medical marijuana, eight more to dispense it and one lab to test it. The lab will have to set up a facility within North Dakota.
Medical Marijuana Division Director Kenan Bullinger says the drafting of administrative rules is taking longer than expected, but he still anticipates the drug being available sometime next summer.