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Ohio medical marijuana dispensary license awards delayed

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    The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has delayed the announcement of medical marijuana dispensary licenses.

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COLUMBUS — The expected announcement of medical marijuana dispensary licenses was delayed Wednesday by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

The board was set to hold a special meeting Wednesday to announce the license awards, part of the bureaucratic process the state is undergoing before medical marijuana is legally sold Sept. 8. But the board announced Tuesday that the meeting had been postponed, and that provisional licenses will instead be issued in June.

“Postponing the announcement of the awards is due to some unexpected delays in information required to validate an applicant meets the minimum license qualifications,” Cameron McNamee, a board spokesman, said in an email. “It does not have to do with the applicant's scores, as those have been finalized since March. The Board fully expects that all outstanding information will be obtained or confirmed in order to move ahead with the issuance of provisional licenses in June.”

House Bill 523, which took effect Sept. 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. While the legislation set a framework for the program, it left the ongoing work of establishing rules and guidelines for the cultivation, processing, testing, dispensing, and medical use of marijuana to different state agencies.

For the purposes of dispensary licenses, the state has been divided into four regions; only 10 dispensaries will be initially licensed in northwest Ohio. Those regions were further divided into districts, so Lucas County will only be allowed two licenses when the program opens.

There are 18 applicants currently competing for those two licenses.

Lucas County dispensary applicants are:

In Holland: Glass City Alternatives, 7425 Airport Hwy.

In Maumee: 127 OH, also called Bloom Medicinals, at 1238 Conant St.; Serenity Dispensary and Wellness Center, 1685 Lance Pointe Dr.; Sheerpower Clinic, 1681 Lance Pointe Dr.; and WGB, 1691 Lance Pointe Dr.

In Toledo: 7 Points Group, 3326 Monroe St.; Access Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, 3454 Dorr St.; Cannavations OH, 2658 W. Laskey Rd.; Glass City Alternatives, 33203 and 3209 W. Sylvania Ave.; Goodtree Healthcare, 5302 Airport Hwy.; Green Light Medical, 4015 Secor Rd.; GTI Ohio, 3151-3157 W. Sylvania Ave.; JG City, also known as Justice Grown, 5109 Suder Ave.; KDJOH, 5820 W. Central Ave.; Lucid of Ohio, 2112-2138 N. Reynolds Rd.; Mother Knows Best, 1546 W. Sylvania Ave.; Reynolds Holdings, 2220 N. Reynolds Rd.; Treat and Kure Dispensary 3, 5302 Airport Hwy.

In Wood County: Debbie’s Dispensary, 106 E. Napoleon Rd., Bowling Green; Glass City Alternatives, 1155 N. Main St.; and Serenity Dispensary, 2701 Woodville Rd., Northwood.

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