More than 200 current and potential Ohio Medical Marijuana companies are holding their breath, waiting for the Ohio Board of Pharmacy lottery to announce who will win the right to open up medical marijuana dispensaries in the BuckeyMore than 200 current and potential Ohio medical marijuana companies are holding their breath, waiting for the Ohio Board of Pharmacy lottery to announce who will win the right to open up medical marijuana dispensaries in the Buckeye State. The lottery drawing is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27. The 57 operating dispensary licenses were awarded when the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program launched in 2018. Those licenses were awarded through a competitive scoring process, where each application was scored and the highest scores received licenses. Since then, patients often complained that the state’s highly regulated program didn’t give them the choice in products they wanted and that dispensaries were too far away. Recent Stories from news5cleveland.co In September, the Department of Commerce, which oversees medical marijuana cultivation, processing, and testing, and the board of pharmacy, which oversees dispensaries, announced existing cultivators would be allowed to apply to expand their space and that 73 more dispensary licenses would be awarded in a lottery system. Instead of using competitive scoring, the lottery puts all qualified applications into a pool and randomly selects the winning bids.
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