Pharmacists as Budtenders? Ohio Weighs Regulation Options

The lawmaker behind the plan to have a pharmacist in every dispensary says it's the most responsible way to oversee marijuana as medicine.

A legislative proposal to regulate medical marijuana through Ohio’s pharmacy board was scrapped Tuesday over concerns the rare setup nationally would create an undue burden on the state.

Republican Sen. David Burke, a Marysville pharmacist behind the idea, called the arrangement the most responsible way to oversee marijuana as medicine. He said changes introduced in the Senate Government Oversight Committee on Tuesday were needed to strike a workable compromise.

“This bill doesn’t give me everything I want, but it does give the people of Ohio what they need — and that’s the most important thing,” Burke said. The legislation comes as the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature seeks to head off a prospective medical marijuana ballot question this fall.

GOP Sen. Bill Coley, who chairs the committee considering the...

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