BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health will allow medical marijuana patients to carry a registration card on their mobile devices, the agency said Thursday, May 30.

The department claimed that North Dakota is the first state in the nation to implement such electronic medical marijuana cards. They will be available to patients, caregivers and agents of dispensaries and manufacturing facilities.

Jason Wahl, the state's top medical marijuana regulator, said in a news release that all newly registered people will continue to receive a printed registry card. But in the future, they'll be able to select whether to only receive an electronic card, he said.

"We will monitor usage of the electronic card and, if feasible, will eventually move to producing only electronic cards," Wahl said.

The department created the electronic cards in coordination with the information technology vendor for its medical marijuana program, BioTrackTHC.