An official for Acreage Holdings, which operated The Botanist, said the COVID-19 pandemic played a big role in the recent decision to close the shop.
“The significant and unexpected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other uncontrollable factors shifted the cannabis landscape tremendously and drove a series of strategic business decisions, including the temporary closing of our Fargo Botanist location, that are all intended to enable our company to maintain our business goals. We are sorry for any impact this decision has had on our patients in North Dakota,” Howard Schacter, the firm’s vice president for communications, told The Forum in an email Monday, April 13.
Schacter said that any remaining product at the Fargo dispensary at 4302 13th Ave. S., is being “safe-guarded in accordance with our company’s standard operating procedures, which have been approved by North Dakota’s cannabis industry regulators.”
Jason Wahl, the director of the Division of Medical Marijuana for the North Dakota Department of Health, said Monday, April 13, that his office was notified of the closure “about 20 minutes before the store was to open, that Friday, April 3.”
Wahl said the closure has “had a negative impact” on medical marijuana users, who now have to look elsewhere for the products they use. The closest of the remaining seven dispensaries in North Dakota to the Fargo area are Herbology in Jamestown, and Strive Life in Grand Forks, he said.
Wahl said the state is trying to determine whether The Botanist, which opened in March 2019, will eventually be reopened.
“We’re still trying to collect information from Acreage Holdings regarding the Botanist. It is still an area we continue to work on,” Wahl said.
In the meantime, the state is looking at