State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte
N.D. (Nicole Peske) – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH)
has filed proposed rules to be adopted for the Medical Marijuana
Program with the state’s Legislative Council.
proposed rules were drafted to implement the Medical Marijuana
Program in a manner that protects the public’s health and safety.
The proposed rules assist in regulating marijuana, usable marijuana,
and medical marijuana waste in order to prevent unlawful use.
NDDoH has thoughtfully crafted these rules to ensure patient safety,
product safety, and public safety,” said State Health Officer
Mylynn Tufte. “The department is committed to a transparent process
and we welcome the public’s input on the proposed rules.”
NDDoH expects to file all required information no later than February
1, 2018 in an attempt to have the rules presented in March to the
legislative Administrative Rules Committee. If the rules are approved
at the March meeting, the earliest they could be finalized is April
1. Public hearings will be held in six locations around the state
from December 11 to December 14. Comments from public hearings, as
well as written comments received between now and December 26, will
be fully considered by the NDDoH. Visit the Medical Marijuana website
at www.ndhealth.gov/mm to
view the proposed rules, details on public hearings, instructions on
submitting public comment, and to receive regular updates.
NDDoH will not be accepting applications for manufacturing facilities
or dispensaries until at least April 1. A manufacturing facility
application period is anticipated shortly after the rules become
effective. After manufacturing facilities are eligible to be
registered, the NDDoH will issue a request for proposal for a
laboratory to conduct compliance testing, as required by the proposed
rules. A dispensary application period will occur after manufacturing
facilities are selected for registration.
NDDoH is not accepting applications or application information from
qualifying patients or designated caregivers at this time. While
dependent upon a number of factors, including registration of
manufacturing facilities and dispensaries, usable marijuana is
anticipated to be available to registered qualifying patients within
the next 11 to 13 months.
Wahl has been named as interim director for the Division of Medical
Marijuana as of November 1, 2017.
huge thank you to Kenan Bullinger in his retirement for his
leadership in the Medical Marijuana Program and thank you to the
NDDoH staff for their diligence in this process,” said Health
Resources Section Chief Darleen Bartz.
surrounding the new Medical Marijuana Program passed during the 2017
Legislative Session can be found in the North Dakota Century Code,