The dispensary will not be able to sell medical marijuana until their products are tested at state-certified testing labs.
None of the five labs that have provisional medical marijuana licenses in the state have been approved to start testing.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Hocking College’s lab will have its final inspection Dec. 18.
If it passes, lab director Jonathan Cachat says there could be a small amount of marijuana buds for sale by the year’s end.
Program running behind schedule
In October, the first batches of legal marijuana were expected to be available by mid-November.
Mark Hamlin of the Ohio Department of Commercet old the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee that the first batches will serve hundreds, not thousands, of patients. Likely, Ohio will see what played out in the early days in other states: a handful of dispensaries open, sell out in a matter of days, close again until more product is available, Hamlin said.
“It’ll be a choppy beginning but it’ll ramp up pretty steadily after that, ” he said.
Thousands sign up for marijuana card
More than 2,000 Ohioans entered into the state’s medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry within the first week of its operation with more than half already paying fees to activate their cards, according to the State Board of Pharmacy.
Rollout of the registry last week allowed qualified physicians to begin adding the names of patients and caregivers into the system. As of Monday, 1,062 patients and caregivers of the 1,948 entered had completed the process and paid an annual registration fee. The fee for patients is $50 and $25 for caregivers, though veterans and low-income patients may be eligible for lower fees.
The Associated Press contributed to this report