Burgum says business background should help implement new medical marijuana system

Published: Apr. 19, 2017 at 12:06 PM CDT
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Gov. Doug Burgum says he'll tap into his business background to help implement the state's new medical marijuana law.

Burgum says he's very interested in treating taxpayers like customers, in making sure they get the best product available.

The law allows primary care doctors and registered nurses to recommend medical marijuana to patients who then get a card allowing them to buy it from dispensaries.

"It's exciting in the sense that it is like creating a startup, which I've had a chance to do a lot of in my life, but this is a big, complex start-up. But we got a good team that's going to be focused hard to make sure we can do it and do it in a way that works for the people of North Dakota," said Burgum.

The new law prevents anyone under 19 from using smokeable marijuana or using products with high levels of THC.

The law also limits people to buying 2000 milligrams of THC per month, or about 110 joints.