COLUMBUS – The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy awarded 56 medical marijuana provisional dispensary licenses Monday The licenses were awarded after an extensive review of 376 submitted dispensary applications.
Provisional license holders can now establish dispensaries in compliance with program rules. All provisional license holders have six months to demonstrate compliance by completing a successful on-site inspection by Board of Pharmacy agents. Once a dispensary is awarded a certificate of operation, it can begin to sell medical marijuana to Ohio patients and caregivers in accordance with Ohio laws and rules.
Ohio’s two most populous counties – Cuyahoga and Franklin – each received five licenses. Surprisingly, Licking County (166,492 population) with three licenses appears to have been awarded the most licenses on a per capita basis. No county was awarded four licenses. Joining Licking County with three licenses were Hamilton (Cincinnati area with a 802,374 population), Lorain (301,356 population), Montgomery (Dayton area with a 535,153 population), and Summit (Akron area with a 541,781 population). Three much larger counties – Butler (Fairfield/Hamilton area with a 368,130 population, Lucas (Toledo area with a 441,815 population and Stark (Canton area with a 375,586 population) – received just two licenses each. Two larger counties – Mahoning (Youngstown area with a 238,823 population) and Warren (Lebanon area with a 212,693 population) – received just one license.
Fairfield County received one license for BCCO, LLC in Carroll. No licenses were issued for Muskingum or Perry counties. Two of Licking County’s dispensaries will be located on North 21st Street in Newark. The third will be on West Church Street in Newark.
Pharmacann Ohio LLC, issued one of Ohio’s 12 large grower provisional licenses for a facility in the Village of Buckeye Lake, also received a provisional dispensary license for a facility in Hamilton County.