The Ohio Board of Pharmacy determined at a Tuesday, Sept. 14, committee meeting that it will release rules and guidelines for applying for its next batch of 73 medical marijuana dispensary licenses on Monday, Sept. 20.
The official window for the second request for applications (RFA II, as regulators refer to it) will open Nov. 4 and close at 2 p.m. on Nov. 18, pharmacy board spokesman Cameron McNamee said. There will be a $5,000 fee for each application.
There will also be two question-and-answer sessions during which stakeholders can submit inquires to the board, answers to which will be posted online. Those sessions will be held between Sept. 20 and Oct. 6, and then from Oct. 17 to Oct. 21, McNamee said.
Regulators are moving ahead with a “drawing” process for awarding the dispensary licenses, which is different from the straight-scoring method used in previous rounds whereby the highest scorers were allocated the highly coveted licenses.
Applications will be first reviewed for completeness. Then, those that appear to qualify will be grouped together and selected for provisional licenses in a random drawing; McNamee said the pharmacy board is working with the Ohio Lottery Commission on conducting that. The winners will be