BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State health officials have set a tentative timeline for establishing a medical marijuana industry in North Dakota.

The Health Department is asking those interested in being a manufacturer or a distributor to notify the agency by July 28. That will give officials a better idea about interest.

The department tentatively plans to accept actual applications in August and September. The agency would review them in October and make selections in early November.

Officials estimate it will take manufacturers about six months to set up facilities and grow the first crop of medical marijuana. If the timeline plays out, the drug would be available to patients next spring.

North Dakota voters last November approved medical marijuana, and the Legislature earlier this year crafted regulations that Gov. Doug Burgum approved in April.

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