Medical marijuana: Coming to a dispensary near you – The News Record

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced Monday that they have received 370 applications to operate 60 medical cannabis dispensaries across the state.

Seventeen of the applications were from Hamilton County. Names of some of the county applicants’ businesses include Curaleaf Ohio INC, Medical Marijuana 513 LLC, Nature’s Apex LLC, Ohio Releaf III LLC and Black Diamond Investments LLC.

Nature’s Apex represents Rhinegeist Brewery’s attempt to install a medical marijuana farm and cultivation site in Camp Washington. The site would also include a beer warehouse, a brewery and a dog park.

Students at the University of Cincinnati are curious to see how the medical marijuana landscape develops, and could possibly question buying cannabis illegally from campus dealers.

“It all depends. I’m a smart consumer and for me the only thing that matters is price,” a third-year arts and sciences student that smokes cannabis every day said. “Whatever option is the cheapest while not compromising the quality is the one I’ll go with.”

The application fee for parties interested in a dispensary was $5,000.

According to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, certified physicians may recommend medical marijuana only for the treatment of a qualifying medical condition. All medical marijuana patients and their caregivers are required to register with the State Board of Pharmacy.

Some of these conditions include cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, hepatitis C and multiple sclerosis.

“I would much rather buy medical marijuana if I could,” a first-year student that labels herself as a regular smoker said. “Consciously, I feel better knowing my money is going to companies that would pay heavy state taxes benefitting schools, pension programs, public works — rather than encouraging a harmful cycle in local communities.

Earlier this month, state officials granted licenses to cultivators to grow medical marijuana.

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