Slow selection process delays medical marijuana availability in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s delays in selecting processors and giving cultivators the green light to grow plants appear to have pushed the availability of medical marijuana further past the Legislature’s September 8 deadline.
The Columbus Dispatch reports a meeting between the Medical Marijuana Council and an advisory board Thursday provided no answer about when the state’s program will finally become operational.
Cultivators have been selected, yet only two have permission to grow plants.
Testing labs are ready and physicians are in place to recommend medical marijuana, but no processors to turn plants into edibles, oils, creams and tinctures have been selected. A Commerce Department official says those licenses will be issued in the coming weeks.
A pharmacy board official says the patient registration portal will be activated closer to when marijuana becomes available.