CINCINNATI — Medical marijuana will be more accessible in southwest Ohio after multiple new dispensaries received licenses to operate in the state this week.
The additional licenses add more than triple the amount of dispensaries than there previously were in Ohio — there now are 26 total.
The new locations come after the 18 dispensaries were granted provisional licenses on May 17 via the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy, which regulates dispensaries. Overall, the board approved 70 provisional licenses for new dispensaries across the entirety of the Buckeye State.
Provisional licenses grant the businesses nine months to prepare and pass a state inspection, but it doesn’t necessarily take the businesses the entire nine months to pass, according to reporting from our partner The Journal-News. If they do so, they will receive a regular certificate of operation — which lasts two years — and are then able to sell.
Within our region, Brown County received one new dispensary, Butler County received four, Clermont County received three, Hamilton County received nine and Warren County received one.
Out of the dispensaries, two of Butler County’s and two of Hamilton County’s have yet to establish physical store locations.
Here are the locations of the