Two more entities have been selected to move forward with the registration process for becoming a state-certified medical marijuana dispensary.
The North Dakota Department of Health Division of Medical Marijuana announced Thursday that We-Mend LLC intends to operate as Strive Life and will locate its facility in Grand Forks. HOFW LLC (Harvest of Williston) would be located in Williston.
"With this current selection, we now have four dispensary regions that have entities eligible for registration under the medical marijuana program," said Jason Wahl, director of the Division of Medical Marijuana.
Two entities previously were selected in September to run dispensaries in the Bismarck/Mandan and Fargo regions. HOFB LLC (Harvest of Bismarck) was selected to open a dispensary in Bismarck, and Acreage North Dakota LLC was selected to serve Fargo.
Harvest Inc., an Arizona-based company, is the business behind both the Bismarck and Williston dispensaries. Harvest Inc. operates medical marijuana dispensaries and growing facilities in multiple states, including Nevada, Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Neither of the Bismarck or Fargo dispensaries have yet been issued a registration certificate, according to Wahl.
Under North Dakota's medical marijuana law, all entities selected to move forward must meet additional requirements before being issued a registration certificate from the Department of Health.
Dispensaries registered with the state will be authorized to sell products to medical marijuana products to qualifying patients and designated caregivers.
In January, the application period will open for dispensaries in the regions of Devils Lake, Dickinson, Jamestown and Minot.