State officials will announce on Wednesday where dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries will be located across Ohio. The Board of Pharmacy at a special meeting this week is expected to name up to 56 dispensary licensees in 28 geographic districts. The state received 376 dispensary applications.
Dispensaries will be allowed to sell medical marijuana to qualifying, registered patients who have received recommendations from licensed physicians who the state has approved. The Board of Pharmacy expects to launch its patient registry in July.
State rules indicate Southwest Ohio would get 15 medical marijuana dispensaries, including up to three in Montgomery County.
Two districts — and possibly a third — will not have dispensaries licensed in this round because there were either no applicants or no qualified applicants, a Board of Pharmacy spokesman said. The two without applicants include Miami, Shelby, Logan, Paulding, Van Wert and Mercer counties in western Ohio.
In November 2015, Ohio voters rejected a ballot issue calling for legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. But strong public support for medical marijuana as well as the threat of another ballot issue prompted lawmakers to craft a legal medical marijuana law in 2016.