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How to Open a Dispensary in North Dakota

by Faith Fidura May 04, 2018

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(Updated August 29, 2018)

The state of North Dakota is accepting applications for Dispensary Licenses in three phases. The first application phase closed August 7th for the Bismarck and Fargo regions of the state. The second application phase is anticipated to open in September for the Grand Forks and Williston regions of the state. The third application phase is anticipated to open in January 2019 for the Devil’s Lake, Jamestown, Dickinson, and Minot regions of the state.

Read on to learn what documents are required to be submitted with your application to the state.

Apply for a Dispensary License in North Dakota

Up to eight (8) dispensary licenses will be issued in total over the eight regions of the state. A Dispensary licensee will be authorized to dispense usable marijuana to registered qualifying patients and caregivers. 

Dispensary licenses will be granted based on a merit-based application process, which will consider:


To make the application process easier for you, we’ve created a North Dakota Business Plan Package which includes templates for most of the required business plans in the dispensary license application.

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Dispensaries may not be located within 1,000 feet of a school, and they will be subject to inspections and other rules.

There is a non-refundable $5,000 application fee to submit a proposal (application) and a $90,000 certification fee upon issuance of license.