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First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Opens In North Dakota This Week


After two years of waiting, medical marijuana patients in North Dakota’s largest city will finally have safe, reliable access to medication. The very first medical cannabis dispensary in the Roughrider State is opening in Fargo on February 28, 2019.

Voters in North Dakota approved Measure 5, legalizing the use of medical cannabis as well as a retail market for the medication, in November 2016. Only 120 medical marijuana cards have been issued to patients at this time. This number is expected to increase to 4,000 by 2021.

According to Jason Wahl of the state’s Medical Marijuana Division, only a final security inspection must be passed before the first dispensary, called The Botanist, will be fully approved to open.

The Botanist in Fargo will be located at 4302 13th Ave. S. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, The Botanist will be open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and 12 pm to 6 pm on Sunday.

More than just approved forms of medical cannabis, The Botanist in Fargo is expected to feature a live botanical wall and an area dedicated to education for patients to explore.

Acreage Holdings

The Botanist is owned and operated by Acreage Holdings, a company based out of New York. Acreage Holdings was awarded two North Dakota dispensary licenses in September of 2018. The Fargo location is the only one with a scheduled open date at this time.

Pure Dakota Cannabis

Only one producer, Pure Dakota, is reported to have finished product ready to be sold at this time, so all of the cannabis available to patients shopping at The Botanist in Fargo this week will have been produced by Pure Dakota.

Pure Dakota, located in Bismarck, was first to be awarded a cultivation license in North Dakota. The company cultivates the maximum number of plants permitted by law, which is only 1,000, in a 20,000 square-foot space.

The Botanist Locations

Acreage Holdings, the parent company of The Botanist, operates multiple dispensaries in several different states. Currently, The Botanist dispensaries are operating in:

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Middletown, New York
  • Queens, New York
  • Worcester, Massachusetts

The Botanist will be opening soon in the following locations:

  • Leominster, Massachusetts
  • Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
  • Farmingdale, New York
  • Fargo, North Dakota

Image Courtesy of The Botanist


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