Medical cannabis stores are coming to Ohio: 5 questions answered for you

Local residents will soon be able to visit medical marijuana stores in the Miami Valley.

The Dayton-Springfield-Cincinnati region will get 12 medical marijuana stores, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy ruled on Monday. Locally, the stores will open in Montgomery, Greene, Butler, Warren, Clark and Hamilton counties. The Board of Pharmacy announced the winners of up to 56 dispensary licenses out of 376 applications statewide.

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Here’s what we else we know:

1. What local counties didn’t win out?

The licenses are distributed across 28 geographic districts. Three districts, including one that covers Miami County, did not have viable or any applications.

2. When will the stores open? 

The licensees are expected to open storefront operations later this year when Ohio's new medical marijuana industry launches. In Montgomery County, three stores will open: Pure Ohio Wellness LLC, CannAscend Alternative and Schottenstein Aphria III LLC. In Greene County, Harvest of Ohio LLC will open in Beavercreek. Check out the rest of the stores and where they will be located.

3. How were the stores chosen?

State pharmacy officials and North Highland, a consultant, spent six months reviewing and scoring applications based on business, operations and patient care plans as well as compliance with existing laws.

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4. How do patients receive access to the medical marijuana stores?

The Board of Pharmacy expects to launch its patient registry in July. Also, the Board of Pharmacy went live Monday with its medical marijuana toll-free help line at 1-833-4OH-MMCP (1-833-464-6627). The help line will respond to questions from patients, caregivers and health professionals about adverse reactions to medical marijuana and other related issues.

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5. Can firearm owners register to legally use medical cannabis in Ohio?

No. People who register with the state of Ohio to legally use medical marijuana will be prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law, according to guidance released in December 2017 by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Marijuana is still a Schedule 1 controlled substance under federal law. Read more

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