Ohio

Thu
13
Dec

First Ohio medical marijuana dispensary gets certificate of operation

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Board of Pharmacy, one of the regulators in the state’s nascent medical marijuana program, has cleared a Jefferson County business to open as a dispensary, the state announced Wednesday afternoon.

CY+, located at 180 Main Street, Wintersville, is the first among dozens of businesses that have received provisional dispensary licenses from the state. Wintersville is located in eastern Ohio, just outside Steubenville.

Tue
11
Dec

After one week, the number of medical marijuana cards in Ohio is over 1,000

On Monday the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced the number of people in the state who received an activated medical marijuana card after opening up the patient and caregiver registry.

After accepting patient registrations for one week, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program totaled 1,948 recommendations in the registry, which is an online portal where physicians with a certificate to recommend medical marijuana can register patients and caregivers.

Wed
05
Dec

Ohio activates medical marijuana patient registry, but wait continues

The activation of Ohio’s medical marijuana patient registry this week means selected physicians can now begin inputting qualified patients and caregivers, but officials said the delayed program still won’t be fully implemented for months.

Prospective patients have already watched an initial Sept. 8 state deadline pass without product in dispensaries. That wait will continue, said Ali Simon, the public and policy affairs liaison with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.

“What’s important to recognize is — we’ve seen this in other states as well — it’s going to be a very small batch initially of medical marijuana made available,” she said. “But then as more and more cultivators have harvests, we’ll see more and more product reach the shelf into the early months of 2019.”

Thu
22
Nov

Ohio patients closer to being able to buy medical marijuana

Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program was supposed to be up and running in September. But more than two months have passed.

So, when will patients be able to buy legal pot? Growers, distributors and the state say soon.

Wednesday, we went inside one of the states 25 medical marijuana cultivators in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Cresco Labs said their plants are nearly full grown and they said they will be ready to distribute, with permission from the state, by New Year's Day.

"It's a little over a year since we broke ground here," said Dennis Plamondon, director of cultivation for Cresco Labs.

Now, Cresco Labs' 400 cannabis plants are just a few weeks away from being harvested.

Thu
15
Nov

Healthcare networks in Ohio prohibit doctors from recommending medical cannabis

Ohio’s medical cannabis law went into effect in September 2016. But the program’s implementation has faced a number of delays and setbacks. As a result, the state only began issuing licenses in September of this year. So far, Ohio has approved 300 doctors to recommend medical cannabis program. Regulators process and approve more applications every month.

Mon
12
Nov

Ohio: Some medical marijuana should be available by year's end

Ohio officials say it could be a leafy green Christmas for some medical marijuana patients as small amounts of cannabis become available for sale before the end of the year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Commerce says the state's first harvested marijuana plants should be processed, tested and on dispensary shelves next month.

Spokeswoman Kerry Francis says delays in certifying testing labs that gauge potency and examine plant products for contamination has thwarted plans to make cannabis available this month.

Thu
01
Nov

Ohio doctors are charging hundreds of dollars for marijuana recommendations

Ohio legalized medical marijuana only a few months ago, and things have gotten off to a rocky start. And now it appears doctors may be taking advantage of the newly legal industry, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Fri
19
Oct

Medical marijuana: Ohio's newest industry has a big problem, what to do with its money

 

When Ohio's medical marijuana dispensaries finally open their doors later this year or early next year, they're expected to rake in a ton of cash. But they probably won't be heading straight to the bank with it.

Most banks and credit unions won't handle proceeds from marijuana-related businesses because the drug is still considered a controlled substance by the federal government.

Consequently, companies providing financial services to marijuana-related businesses could be subject to prosecution for money laundering and other federal crimes. Most aren't willing to take the risk, forfeiting billions of dollars in potential deposits from marijuana growers, processors, retail dispensaries and other related businesses.

Mon
15
Oct

Ohio's first cannabis crop gets growing

Ohio, Along a wide meander of the Muskingum River southwest of Zanesville where the ruins of an abandoned strip mine scar the landscape, some of the state’s most valuable and sought-after crops have sprouted. Behind a high chain-link fence, past layers of armed security, and always within sight of surveillance cameras, dozens of thin green shoots, each a few inches long and topped by a spray of dark-green leaves, are growing in plastic domes that look like big rotisserie-chicken containers. These precious things are some of first legal cannabis plants ever grown in Ohio.

Mon
15
Oct

Ohio: Columbus officials propose new rules for future medical marijuana businesses

Columbus zoning officials have proposed legislation to outline where future medical marijuana businesses can locate in the city, and to require dispensaries to introduce themselves to the appropriate neighborhood association. The city Development Commission on Thursday unanimously recommended the zoning ordinance changes and sent them to City Council staff for drafting and a vote, a process that takes a few weeks.

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