Jason Wahl, director of the North Dakota Department of Health’s medical marijuana division, gave opening comments at a public hearing on the agency’s proposed rules for the program in 2017 at the state Capitol. Two entities have been selected to move forward with the registration process as state-approved medical marijuana manufacturing facilities, according to the North Dakota Department of Health Division of Medical Marijuana. Pure Dakota LLC intends to locate a facility in Bismarck while the other, Grassroots Cannabis, will be located in Fargo. “The selection of two entities to be eligible for registration as a manufacturing facility is a major milestone in implementing the medical marijuana program,” saidd Jason Wahl, director of the Division of Medical Marijuana. “The manufacturing facilities will be responsible for growing marijuana, drying the leaves and flowers, and converting marijuana into a medical marijuana product." The two manufacturing facilities will have additional requirements they must meet prior to receiving a registration certificate. Manufacturing facilities are only authorized to sell dried leaves or flowers and medical marijuana products to registered dispensaries. The application period for dispensaries is not currently open, but is one of the next steps in the process of implementing the medical marijuana program.