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The North Dakota Department of Health has opened applications for medical marijuana dispensaries in Williston and Grand Forks.

Applications will be accepted until 3 p.m. Oct. 10, according to a news release. Applicants must pay a $5,000 nonrefundable fee.

This is the second round of dispensary applications. There will be eight dispensaries in the state, including Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Williston, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Jamestown and Minot.

In July, the Department of Health opened applications for dispensaries in Bismarck and Fargo. A review panel will meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the state Capitol to review and score dispensary applications for Bismarck and Fargo. The highest scoring applicant will be eligible to register with the state.

Jason Wahl, director of the Department of Health's division of medical marijuana, told the Tribune that final score sheets for Bismarck and Fargo dispensaries will be available sometime next week, and after that the Department of Health will announce an entity in both regions moving forward.

The Department of Health anticipates entities that will move forward to become registered dispensaries in Williston and Grand Forks will be selected in late November, according to the news release.

The release also stated that the department is working on a qualifying patient and designated caregiver registration system, which is expected to begin receiving applications at the end of October.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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