11 more medical marijuana dispensaries coming to southwest Ohio: Here’s where they’ll be – Dayton Daily News

The Board of Pharmacy is required to reevaluate the number of licenses at least every two years but can do so more often, said Cameron McNamee, the board’s director of policy and communications.

Last year, the Board of Pharmacy changed its licensing rules to choose winning applicants by lottery instead of by competitive applications, Sheridan said. This time the board got 1,465 applications.

The number of licenses available depends on the geographic distribution of existing dispensaries and the number of patients in that area, McNamee said.

The new round of licenses will get close to the target of one dispensary for every 1,200 nearby patients, based on numbers from April 2021, he said.

Applications for a second round of licenses opened in November, and the Ohio Lottery Commission oversaw the drawing from among qualified applicants on Jan. 27.

The board authorized issuing 73 provisional licenses, but three are still under review, including for an additional dispensary in Springfield. No owner may have more than five licenses or more than two-thirds of the licenses in any of the state’s 30 districts.

Provisional licenses are good for up to nine months, according to Sheridan. They don’t allow dispensaries to actually sell marijuana, but gives owners the authority to

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