Portage County will be the home of two medical marijuana dispensaries after state officials approved a slate of new licenses this month aimed at improving patient access. The move will more than double the number of such facilities in the state.
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy, which regulates dispensaries, announced the recipients of 70 new licenses that were awarded via lottery, with a certain number allocated for each dispensary district containing a county or group of counties. About 230 different entities submitted nearly 1,500 applications for the chance at getting a license.
Simple Ag Ohio LLC was OK’d to open a dispensary at 554 N. Chestnut St. in Ravenna and Next-Level Operators LLC got the nod for a site at 331 E. Main St. in Kent.
More than a dozen applicants sought to open a dispensary at the Ravenna site, which, previously housed a store called Girls Outside the Box. The store is now operating online only, according to its Facebook page.