FULL LIST: Ohio announces sites for medical marijuana dispensaries

Ohio has less than 100 days to have its medical marijuana program underway

Ohio has less than 100 days to have its medical marijuana program underway

It is among three businesses to receive a dispensary license in a region that includes Columbiana, Stark, Carroll and Tuscarawas counties.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy on Monday approved provisional licenses for 56 medical marijuana dispensaries, including two in Lucas County, taking a step toward initiating the legal sale of medical marijuana by September 8, the state's deadline.

The board received 376 dispensary applications, 18 from Lucas County.

Locally, Ohio Cannabis Clinic LLC on County Road 621 near Coshocton was granted a license.

The Board of Pharmacy has been getting background checks and verifying that proposed locations are at least 500 feet from schools and churches.

A report says Ohio's medical marijuana program will bring in about $11 million in fees even before the system is up and running.

This is the next step in a sequence of documents necessary to grow and sell marijuana in OH starting this September.

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All provisional license holders now have six months to demonstrate compliance by completing a successful on-site inspection by Board of Pharmacy agents.

Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski, whose district encompasses the future Sylvania Avenue location, said he planned to regulate the dispensary as he would any other business.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy didn't give an explanation as to why the company was disqualified.

OH has selected 12 large growers and 12 small growers to participate in its medical marijuana program, including Ascension BioMedical LLC in Oberlin and Farkas Farms LLC in Grafton. However, with a 20-week grow cycle, not including drying, curing, and packaging the marijuana/marijuana products, September 8, 2018 is not looking like a realistic start date for the selected dispensaries.

"I think it's definitely a good move to have medical marijuana in OH, although I do feel it needs to be opened up in some form", Mr. Nestor said.

Dispensary applicants paid a nonrefundable $5,000 fee, and those awarded licenses will pay $70,000 to the state every two years. But board liaison Ali Simon says that doesn't mean those areas won't have dispensaries someday.

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