State rules governing North Dakota's new medical marijuana program will go into effect April 1 after a legislative committee reviewed the guidelines Monday, March 12.

The Administrative Rules Committee meeting marks a significant step in the state Department of Health's efforts to implement the program about 16 months after voters approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana for medical use.

Citing flaws, legislators rewrote that law last year. "Without the rules, this program really cannot move forward," said Jason Wahl, director of the Health Department's medical marijuana division. "

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