Medical marijuana dispensaries chosen for Bismarck and Fargo

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Health Department has named companies to open medical marijuana dispensaries in the state's two largest cities.

A review panel chose HOFB or Harvest of Bismarck to open a facility in that city, and Acreage North Dakota to operate one in Fargo.

State Medical Marijuana Division Director Jason Wahl calls it "another major milestone" in building a program to make the drug available to patients statewide by next summer. State voters approved the drug in November 2016.

The Health Department is currently taking applications for dispensaries in Grand Forks and Williston. In January, applications will open for the four remaining regions - Devils Lake, Dickinson, Jamestown and Minot.

The department expects to open applications for patients and doctors in late October.

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