An array of new medical marijuana dispensaries could open their doors in Ohio — including nine in Columbus. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy issued 70 provisional licenses to hopeful medical marijuana dispensaries on May 16 in order to accommodate a growing number of patients and demand for the drug, according to the board’s policy and public affairs liaison Kylynne Johnson. “There’s been long lines, difficulty to get the products in, sometimes a long distance between their homes and a product,” Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) said. “So yes, I really do think there’s a need.” About 142,000 Ohioans have an active medical marijuana registration – an increase of nearly 4,000 in registrations since March – with 56 dispensaries operating throughout the state, according to monthly reports from the Board of Pharmacy. If the 70 provisional licensees are officially approved, Ohio would be home to 126 dispensaries. Since the medical marijuana program’s inception in 2016, physicians have issued a total of 487,571 recommendations to their patients, according to the board. Provisional licensees have up to 270 days to open a medical marijuana dispensary that abides by the state pharmacy board’s rules and regulations, Johnson said.

Mmp News Author, Medical Marijuana Program Connection, 05/26/2022 06:13:00

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