On April 19, 2021, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy approved increasing the number of medical marijuana dispensary licenses in the state by 73. If all 73 licenses are awarded, this will bring the total number of dispensary licenses to 130. There are currently 57 operational medical marijuana dispensaries.

However, obtaining a new license will not only involve skill in preparing a competitive application, but it will also involve a substantial amount of luck. Under the new framework, applicants will be awarded a license through a lottery process in each district. Our firm has helped successful applicants prepare and submit their medical marijuana applications in the past and is ready to do the same for new applicants in this process.

The new licenses will be awarded using an application process the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy is calling “RFA II,” which is expected to be announced in the spring/summer of 2021. The timing of this announcement will be determined when the Board’s pending rule changes regarding the application process are made final. This presentation shows maps of the current and proposed districts and the number of dispensary licenses per district. It also explains the process the State of

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