Ohio patients may have to wait a little longer for legal marijuana

Ohio patients may have to wait a little longer for legal marijuana

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COLUMBUS — Pot is legally being grown today in Ohio, but the state admits its fledgling medical marijuana program will not be fully operational by the statutory target of Sept. 8. There is still no product that can be legally purchased in Ohio, but the state considers itself to be technically compliant with that legal target date four weeks away. “Now those words on a page [in a law] have become licensed businesses, employers, [and] doctors, and I think that’s a very important thing to step back and see,” Mark Hamlin, senior policy adviser with the Department of Commerce, told members of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee on Thursday. “I understand…that the public’s expectations around Sept. 8 have been for product to be available…It is coming together,” he said. RELATED: Toledo business awarded medical marijuana processing license | Sylvania amends zoning code to accommodate medical marijuana dispensaries The first certificate of operation has been issued for a large-scale growing operation in Lake County, with inspections of the remaining large and smaller operations that have been provisionally licensed expected to take place in late August or early September. The state estimates that it could take 16 to 22 weeks for plants to mature for the market, depending on whether they are planted by seed or as seedlings. Some cultivators say they could have product available by the end of the year. Ohio law prohibits the smoking of marijuana, the home-growing of plants, and the sale of products considered attractive to children. All finished products must be purchased through a dispensary licensed by the Board of Pharmacy. The department issued provisional licenses last week for seven processors, including Ohio Green Grow LLC for its planned facility at 367 E. State Line Road in Toledo. The processors will turn plant product from […]

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