BISMARCK — A Senate bill rewriting language of Measure 5 would institute $300 fees for applicants wanting medical marijuana cards and a $100,000 fee for certification of compassion centers that would manufacture and dispense the substance.

Proponents of Measure 5, which passed in November with nearly 64 percent of the vote, are upset over changes to virtually all of the language to their initiative and its replacement with a proposed 81-page Senate Bill 2344.

State officials counter that changes are necessary as the law, in its existing form, is unworkable and requires more stringent oversight and guidelines.

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