The two facilities selected to move forward will have additional requirements they must meet prior to a registration certificate being issued from the department.
Wahl said that the application for GR Vending is considered confidential and he could not disclose the names of those associated with the business. But the North Dakota Secretary of State lists one organizer as Steve Weisman, a 32-year-old former Chicago attorney turned medical marijuana mogul.
Weisman is the CEO of Windy City Cannabis, which has four medical marijuana dispensaries in Chicago. He is also pre-approved by the Maryland medical cannabis commission and his business, Maryland Compassionate Care & Wellness, is a licensed dispensary in the state.
Messages left with Weisman were not returned Wednesday.
Along with the Fargo facility, Pure Dakota LLC is moving along in bringing a medical marijuana manufacturing location to Bismarck.
David Meyer, a cattle rancher from Flasher, N.D., is the registered agent for the business. He did not return messages.
The Bismarck Tribune reported that Meyer sold land to the Dakota Access Pipeline for $18 million to facilitate pipeline construction.