Ohio's medical marijuana program faces more delays

Ohio's fledgling medical marijuana program is facing additional administrative hiccups that could further delay the program's rollout statewide.

The program will miss the Sept. 8 deadline to be "fully operational," per state law, because cultivators have only been given the OK to grow plants in recent weeks.

Several other parts of the program are also falling behind schedule.


Patient registry

The patient registry will not open as expected in July.


Ohio now has 185 doctors certified to recommend medical marijuana

Licenses for growers, producers and dispensaries are still pending and the state’s patient database isn’t set up yet.

Ohio is still months away from opening medical cannabis dispensaries to patients. But the state is taking steps to ensure that when sales begin, every aspect of the program is in place.

Since April, the Ohio State Medical Board has been reviewing applications from physicians seeking approval to recommend medical marijuana. So far, the board has approved 185 physicians, adding 46 doctors to the growing list on Wednesday


First medical marijuana grower gets green light to start planting in Ohio

Medical marijuana can now start growing in Ohio. 

The state of Ohio has issued its first certificate of operation to a medical marijuana cultivator in Ravenna in Portage County, according to a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Commerce. 

FN Group Holdings, which was one 25 cultivators to receive provisional licenses to grow medical marijuana in Ohio, was awarded the certificate of operation Friday after having its facility inspected on Tuesday.

FN Group is one of 12 so-called "Level 2" growers that received provisional licenses from the state to grow medical marijuana in up to 3,000 square feet of space.

Thirteen Level 1 growers have received provisional licenses to grow in up to 25,000 square feet.


Ohio's medical marijuana law and unemployment compensation: Will discharge be “just cause"

Ohio’s medical marijuana law becomes fully operational in September of this year. The law legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio, establishes a regulatory regime for its production, dispensation and use, and creates broad protections for employers. Nevertheless, Ohioans continue to grapple with the law’s employment implications, including how the law affects unemployment compensation benefits.


Medical marijuana: If Ohio won't let you burn it, how do you use it?

Some say medical marijuana is a misnomer, including some local officials and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.  

“People keep saying ‘medical marijuana’ and there’s no such thing,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director, Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services board of Montgomery County. “It isn’t like you can just go into a place and find a strain of marijuana that is medicinal.” 


'My research shows if you use cannabis in low doses in your 40s and 50s, you probably don’t get Alzheimer’s': Dr. Gary Wenk

It may be time to talk to your parents about marijuana. Smoking it every day could save their lives, according to Dr. Gary Wenk - a researcher at Ohio State University who has been studying the effects of cannabis on the human brain and made some astounding discoveries, writes Tess Barker.


Ohio to announce medical marijuana dispensary locations

The 57 dispensaries receiving licenses today represent just a fraction of the nearly 400 applications submitted, and three fewer than state law allows.

Ohio regulators will announce which retail dispensaries have received approval to set up shop under the state’s new medical marijuana program. The application process, however, has not been without controversy. And the 57 dispensary locations expected to be announced today will represent just a fraction of the 376 applications submitted to regulators.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy Awards 57 Dispensaries With Operating Licenses


Ohio medical marijuana program to bring $11 million in fees

A report says Ohio's medical marijuana program will bring in about $11 million in fees even before the system is up and running.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that figure includes about $5.2 million in non-refundable application fees already collected from more than 650 prospective medical marijuana businesses.

The state will also collect about $2.6 million in licensing fees from 25 large and small cultivators who received provisional growing license, and another $2.6 million in annual license renewal fees from growers.


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Medical marijuana ramp-up in Ohio sees progress, questions

The medical marijuana program Ohio’s set to launch later this year has been beset by questions.

Will growing operations be able to ramp up in time to meet initial demand? Will legal and administrative challenges tangle the rollout in red tape? Will enough doctors obtain certificates to serve needy patients?

Still, much progress has been made since Ohio became the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana in 2016 and set Sept. 8 of this year as the launch date.

Mark Hamlin, the Ohio Department of Commerce’s policy adviser on medical marijuana, acknowledges the process has been “bumpy.” But he said he hopes the public recognizes this is not just a short-term project.


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