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Medical Marijuana

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Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio’s medical marijuana program went into effect on September 8, 2016 yet two years later, the drug hasn’t been dispensed to anyone. It was supposed to be fully operational on September 8th of this year but that’s not happening.

Weather, delays associated with ordering equipment, real estate closing delays, problems with utilities or unforeseen issues with renovation of buildings, and delays with local permitting are some reasons the program isn’t going to be fully operational by the September 8th, 2018 deadline.

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The state has issued the first license for a large-scale medical marijuana cultivator under Ohio’s medical marijuana program.

Ohio Department of Commerce spokeswoman Stephanie Gostomski says Buckeye Relief has passed its inspection and has been issued a certificate of operation. This is the first one issued to a large-scale cultivator that is allowed to grow up to 25,000 square feet of medical marijuana.

The state has already issued certificates of operation to two smaller cultivators who are allowed to produce up to 3,000 square feet of marijuana.

The city of Beavercreek is considering a permanent ban on medical marijuana. The city council is set to debate whether to move forward with a ban Monday afternoon at a work session that began at 5 p.m. No vote is expected during the work session.

The council takes up the proposed ban despite the state's previous approval of a medical marijuana dispensary slated for location within city limits.

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Ohio Board of Pharmacy officials Monday announced the approval of 56 medical marijuana dispensary locations across the state. But officials say the medical marijuana from growers won’t be available to the dispensaries and patients until after the expected September deadline.

The state pharmacy board says they received more 376 medical marijuana dispensary applications since 2016 when Governor John Kasich signed into law the state’s medical marijuana program.

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Ohio has licensed 56 locations that can sell medical marijuana once it becomes legal this fall.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy on Monday awarded those provisional dispensary licenses that give the stores six months to meet state operation requirements. A total of 376 applications were received.

The executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association of Ohio, Thomas Rosenberger, says the board has ended months of speculation about where patients will be able to get medical marijuana.

The state announced a dozen marijuana-cultivation licenses for locations across Ohio.
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In 2016, Ohio became the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana. Since then, the state has been trying to implement the program, but that process hasn’t been entirely smooth. Many local municipalities have been reluctant to get on board.

WYSO’s April Laissle spoke with Wright State University political science professor Dr. Lee Hannah about the state’s progress and how a recent announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may affect Ohio’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

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The city of Huber Heights has passed a moratorium on medical marijuana. It’s the latest on a growing list of Miami Valley cities that have already passed their own bans following Ohio’s legalization of medical pot in 2016.

Huber Heights joins Beavercreek, Miamisburg, Oakwood, and Springboro in banning the cultivation and retail sale of medical marijuana within city limits. Huber Heights’ decision follows U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent proposal to change how the federal government handles legalized marijuana.  

Medications produced by Cresco Labs in Yellow Springs will be available to patients statewide as early as next summer through Ohio's new medical marijuana program.
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Dozens of public officials and advocates gathered in Yellow Springs Thursday to break ground on Ohio’s first medical marijuana-cultivation site. The project is one of a dozen across Ohio licensed by the state just two weeks ago, and it moves forward amid questions over the fairness of state’s medical cannabis licensing process.

Statehouse News Bureau

State Auditor Dave Yost says questions about past drug convictions of a consultant who played a key role in Ohio’s new medical marijuana program, set to begin operation in September, need to be addressed now. He says it’s time for an investigation.

Yost says he’s troubled by reports that the consultant who graded applications from companies seeking licenses had drug convictions in his past.

“This is an epic fail. I’m outraged,” he said.

Yost questions how someone with those convictions could be hired by the state for $150,000 to do that work.

The state announced a dozen marijuana-cultivation licenses for locations across Ohio.
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It's official: Yellow Springs will soon be home to a massive, environmentally friendly, medical-marijuana facility. Department of Commerce officials Thursday awarded medical marijuana-cultivation licenses to a dozen companies across the state.

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