Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Expansion Creates Real Estate And Probability Frenzy

Each application costs $5,000 to submit

More than 200 current and potential Ohio medical marijuana companies are holding their breath, waiting for the Ohio Board of Pharmacy lottery to announce who will win the right to open up medical marijuana dispensaries in the Buckeye State. The lottery drawing is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27.

Where the program sits today

The 57 operating dispensary licenses were awarded when the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program launched in 2018. Those licenses were awarded through a competitive scoring process, where each application was scored and the highest scores received licenses. Since then, patients often complained that the state’s highly regulated program didn’t give them the choice in products they wanted and that dispensaries were too far away.

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