Three of 31 geographic districts won't have dispensaries.
On Monday, Ohio announced the chosen dispensaries, picked out of over 100 groups, that will be provided sellers' licenses for the vending of medical marijuana. A total of 376 applications were received.
The three that were granted licenses are GTI Ohio LLC of 1920 Cooper Foster Park Road in Lorain, NMB Ohio LLC of 709 Sugar Lane in Elyria, and AFS Cultivation LLC of 603 Cleveland St., Elyria.
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy awarded medical-marijuana dispensary licenses to companies based in Youngstown, Warren and East Liverpool.
State law does not allow marijuana to be sold to be smoked.
Once a dispensary is awarded a certificate of operation, it can begin to sell medical marijuana to OH patients and caregivers in accordance with OH laws and rules. "I look at it and I approach it from the same standpoint as any other business".
OH has selected 12 large growers and 12 small growers to participate in its medical marijuana program, including Ascension BioMedical LLC in Oberlin and Farkas Farms LLC in Grafton.
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.
"I think it's definitely a good move to have medical marijuana in OH, although I do feel it needs to be opened up in some form", Mr. Nestor said.
The state has now issued provisional licenses to dispensaries, doctors, and cultivators, with only a few steps to go before September. But board liaison Ali Simon says that doesn't mean those areas won't have dispensaries someday.