First dispensary in Bismarck opens

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The state's newest medical marijuana dispensary opened this morning at 1207 memorial highway in Bismarck.

Jordan Verdadeiro joins us from Harvest with more. Jordan?

I was here when it first opened a few minutes after 10 this morning, where there were already a dozen card holders waiting to get inside.

Richard Torrance says he's excited to put his medical marijuana card to use.

He said due to his medical condition, he was taking opioids but told his doctor he didn't want something he would be dependent on.

"It really does do wonderful things for the body, it takes care of pain, it eases tension, it takes away anxiety, and it makes you feel all around, better," said Torrance.

He says having Harvest open in his home town is a dream come true and now he doesn't have to go to another city.

"Eventually it's going to become acceptable to our society, even in a very conservative area like North Dakota," said Torrance.

Bismarck's Harvest manager says everyone is welcome in the waiting room; you don't have to be a customer.

"We want to see this available to people in need, in all communities, all walks of life," said manager,

The director of the Division of Marijuana says four more dispensaries will be opening up in the state to serve over 900 card holders.

If you do want to enter the dispensary half of the store, you need to check in with your medical marijuana card.

Hours will be 1- am to 6 pm Monday through Friday.