COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 14, 2018) – Last week, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced the location of dozens of new medical marijuana dispensaries, taking another important step toward getting its medical marijuana program up and running and further nullifying the federal government’s unconstitutional cannabis prohibition in effect.
Medical marijuana became officially legal in Ohio in September 2016. Over the last year-and-a-half, the state has been putting the infrastructure in place to begin retail sales of medicinal cannabis, including drawing up rules and regulations for cultivators and processors, issuing cultivation licenses and approving dispensary operators. The announcement of 59 dispensary locations was the last major step before the program is completely up and running. Under the law, the medical marijuana program must be fully implemented by Sept. 8, 2018.
Officials say the state may have a hard time meeting that deadline. Delays have plagued implementation of the medical marijuana law. According to The Vindicator, Ohio Department of Commerce said the state won’t likely meet the deadline. A spokesperson said cultivators were expected to begin growing plants in May, but to date, none of the cultivation sites had received a certificate of operation.
According to the Vindicator, bureaucratic red …
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