The North Dakota Department of Health recently announced two entities to move forward with the registration process for dispensaries in the Grand Forks and Williston regions. Dispensary Permits, a nationally recognized cannabis consulting agency, assisted We-Mend LLC through the application process to submit for the dispensary registration certificate. We-Mend LLC will be doing business as Strive Life in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

A total of eight dispensary registration certificates will be awarded in the state. Two dispensary registration certificates were announced in the Bismarck and Fargo regions in September 2018, and applications for the four remaining dispensary registration certificates will be accepted in January 2019, for the following areas: Devils Lake, Dickinson, Jamestown, and Minot.

“We are grateful to have had the opportunity to bring our national expertise to North Dakota. We-Mend, LLC, will follow our Strive Life dispensary model, which aims to implement best medical marijuana practices from across the United States and beyond,” stated Sara Gullickson, CEO and Founder of Dispensary Permits.

Dispensary Permits has won multiple medical marijuana licenses across more than a dozen competitive state markets, from Hawaii to Pennsylvania.

The Strive Life leadership team will be headed by Jonathan O’Keefe and David M. Hale. O’Keefe is a North Dakota native and COO of OK Enterprises, which operates three McDonald’s Restaurants in two states and currently employs 160 local residents. David M. Hale holds his commercial real estate license and business with Property Resources Group and is a former professional athlete who played eight years in the National Hockey League (NHL).

North Dakota approved medical marijuana in 2016 and rejected a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana this November. The U.S. medical marijuana market is expected to surpass USD 8 billion by 2024, according to a Global Markets, Inc. research study.

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