BISMARCK - A bill that would delay parts of North Dakota's new medical marijuana law awaits Gov. Doug Burgum's signature.

The House passed Senate Bill 2154 with just one dissenting vote Friday, Jan. 20. The bill would suspend provisions of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act to give the state Department of Health more time to set up rules.

The suspension would last through July 31 or the effective date of legislation authorizing the prescription, dispensing, growth and use of medical marijuana, whichever comes first.

Lawmakers argued Friday that they were not trying to deny the will of the voters who passed the law in November, but rather sought to make sure proper regulations are put in place.

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