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Published August 08, 2012, 02:46 PM

Medical marijuana measure expands North Daktoa Health Department work

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The top administrator of North Dakota's Health Department says the agency will be looking into the possible impact of a proposed medical marijuana initiative.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The top administrator of North Dakota's Health Department says the agency will be looking into the possible impact of a proposed medical marijuana initiative.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger is reviewing the proposal to see if it has enough petition signatures to qualify for the ballot.

State health officer Terry Dwelle says the Health Department hasn't analyzed the bill yet to see how much money will be needed to carry out the measure's directives.

The initiative puts the Health Department in charge of checking the backgrounds and business plans of pot sellers. The agency has to review the drug's labeling and test the potency of medical marijuana.

Deputy state health officer Arvy Smith says the budget review isn't likely to happen for a few months.

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