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Developer proposes medical marijuana dispensary in Minot

MINOT — The developer of a proposed medical marijuana dispensary is seeking a zoning permit for a center in southwest Minot.

The Minot Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Monday, Feb. 25, on a request for rezoning and a conditional use permit for a “compassionate care center” near Dakota Square Mall. The commission meets at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall.

The dispensary is called Solevo North Dakota, which registered as a business last fall, based in Berthold.

The North Dakota Legislature in 2017 approved a medical marijuana law after voters supported the legalization of medical marijuana. The law regulates both growing and manufacturing facilities, as well as dispensaries. It provides for up to eight dispensaries divided between two regions.

Dispensaries for the first region in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Williston have been approved. Minot’s region includes Devils Lake, Dickinson and Jamestown. The application period for Minot’s region closes next Tuesday, with approval expected this spring.

North Dakota’s first medical marijuana dispensary is expected to open next Thursday in Fargo, operated by Acreage Holdings, a multi-state cannabis selling company.