More than 180 companies have petitioned medical marijuana cultivators in Ohio, and their names are just as spicy as one would expect.
Kim Armstrong / The Investigator
Two Cincinnati-based companies, including a group of investors led by Rev. Damon Lynch III, were admitted to provisional licenses to operate medical weed stores in Ohio.
Lynch, Pas The New Prospect Baptist Church at Roselawn and eight other investors supporting Green Rx LLC submit a proposal for a 7,000-square-foot pharmacy at 8420 Vine St. in Hartwell.
Most investors are African Americans.
In addition to Lynch's group, Care Med Associates, by Jean Gould, also won the permission for a provisional license for a pharmacy at 5149 Kennedy Ave.
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy – one of three state regulators Ohios Medical Marijuana Control Program – chose the license winner of 376 applicants in 28 geographic areas.
"Today's announcement ends months of speculation about where patients can buy medical marijuana," said Thomas Rosenberger, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association of Ohio. "We look forward to working with the provisional licensing winners to give Ohio patients safe access to medical marijuana."
The retailers may sell edible oils, plasters and steam concentrates to medical marijuana patients with nearly two marijuana patients
However, marihuana smoking in Ohio is still illegal, and pharmacies are not allowed to use marijuana buds or flowers sell for smoking.
Under state law, companies must begin ordering orders for the Ohioans by September 8. Deadline for full operation of state state marijuana program.
However, they must first be inspected by the state and receive an operating certificate before they can go into operation.
Up to 15 temporary licenses have been allocated for Southwest Ohio, including up to six in Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties.
Only patients and caregivers who have received a medical identity card are registered with the state. Recommendations of a doctor can be obtained from pharmacies.
So far, 89 physicians have been approved by the State Medical Board to recommend medical marijuana as soon as the program goes live.
And an online patient registry and portal
The location of pharmacies is the key, experts say, because patients or licensed caregivers need to physically go to pharmacies to get prescriptions.
The more dispensaries in a given geographic area, the more likely it is that patients will have access to the right weeds to treat their condition, said Robert Ryan, CEO of Ohio Patient Network.
"Like any other medicine, there is no single size," Ryan said. "You can not tell a patient that having that particular nature is right for you, and sometimes it takes a bit of experimentation."
Patients who live near churches or schools have to travel farthest.
The ambulances must not be more than 500 feet from a school, church, public library, or public facilities (19659010). Pharmacies will join 25 large and small marijuana breeders as the only companies to have been granted provisional licenses.
No other marijuana business essential to the program has been licensed
This includes up to 40 provisional licenses expected to be awarded to companies that will process marijuana into edible and other permitted forms, and an unknown number of test laboratories, necessary to ensure the quality of medicinal marijuana sold in the country.
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