Medical cannabis sales kicked off in North Dakota with the opening of the first dispensary in the state on Friday.
The Botanist opened its doors for business in a mini-mall in Fargo. The Botanist is operated by multi-state cannabis company Acreage Holdings.
North Dakota legalized medical cannabis in November 2016 and, under its medical marijuana program, there are 17 conditions that would qualify a patient to get a license. These qualifying medical conditions include cancer, chronic pain, and epilepsy.
The state, however, only started accepting applications for medical cannabis cards in October last year. State regulators said that, so far, only 122 people were certified as of last week, but that they expect this number to climb in the coming years to as many as 4,000.
According to Acreage spokesperson Howard Schacter, they were pleased with the number of people visiting their store despite a winter storm hitting Fargo. However, he told Marijuana Business Daily (https://mjbizdaily.com/) that they can’t disclose sales and traffic information.
Acreage said that the initial products they are offering at The Botanist are buds, shatter, and concentrate. Eventually, patients will be able to buy six forms of medical cannabis products: leaves and flowers, tinctures, concentrates, topicals, capsules, and transdermal patches.
The Botanist sources its products from a Bismarck processing facility. A second processing facility, which is located in Fargo, is estimated to make products available in a month or two.