BISMARCK, N.D. (Nicole Peske) – The North Dakota
Department of Health (NDDoH) released draft manufacturing facility
application materials for the Medical Marijuana Program. The draft
application can be found on the Division of Medical Marijuana’s
website at www.ndhealth.gov/MM.
“The department is providing
the draft to allow potential applicants the opportunity to review
application materials prior to the open application period,” said
State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte. “This will allow us the ability
to have a shorter open application period resulting in usable
marijuana being available more quickly to qualifying patients.”
The materials include
application instructions, as well as the required forms needed for a
complete application. The draft application materials are not to be
used for submitting information to the department before the open
application period and are subject to change prior to final release.
The draft application provides
potential applicants insight to documentation requirements. For
example, state law requires evidence of approval from local officials
regarding the manufacturing facility applicant’s compliance with
local zoning laws. The draft zoning form is included in the draft
application materials, but applicants should be aware that, like the
rest of the application, the form is subject to change.
After the application period
has closed, the department will use a blind review process to
evaluate completed applications. The evaluation panel is currently
being finalized and will not have access to identifiable information
in applications such as entity name, owner names, etc. Only complete
applications will be provided to the panel for review. The panel will
select up to two manufacturing facilities for registration, as
authorized by state law.
Currently, the drafted proposed
rules are being reviewed by the attorney general. The NDDoH intends
to file the required information to have the rules presented to the
Administrative Rules Committee at the meeting March 12-13.