COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Board of Pharmacy, which oversees Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, is getting ready to expand the number of dispensaries in Ohio.
Ohio Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Steven Schierholt told the Board he’s recommending they begin a Request for Application process that would add 73 new Medical Marijuana dispensaries to the existing 57 that are approved in Ohio. That would cap the state’s dispensaries at 130.
Kevin Barry Customers stand outside The Forest Sandusky in January 2019 for the first day of medical marijuana sales in Ohio.
The new allocation method would attempt to make sure there would be about 1,200 registered patients per dispensary in each dispensary district of the state. There would be more dispensaries per capital in Ohio than there would be in neighboring Pennsylvania.
The goal is to finalize rule changes in the next few months so that the application process can start over the summer.
Dispensaries right now
Right now, Ohio has 57 provisional licenses, meaning those locations have been approved to run dispensaries. Fifty-two of the 57 provisional licenses have Certificates of Operation, allowing them to open for business and sell medical marijuana to Ohio patients.
Since the program launched, critics complained