Jun 13, 2022 - Business

Medical marijuana access in Ohio expanding

Data: Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program; Map: Sara Wise/Axios

The number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Ohio will grow twofold by next spring.

Driving the news: State officials selected 70 recipients of new marijuana licenses through a lottery last month, more than doubling Ohio's current 58 dispensaries.

Why it matters: More dispensaries mean better access for the 142,000 Ohioans registered with the state's Medical Marijuana Control Program.

Zoom in: 17 counties will receive their first dispensary. That includes Delaware County, to be located at 26 Moore St. in Delaware.

  • Nine new locations will open in Franklin County, bringing us to 15 total.

What's next: Owners must build spaces in compliance with state laws and regulations before they can open. They have until February 2023 to pass an inspection.

State of play: Ohio lawmakers created the medical marijuana program in 2016, and it went live three years later.

Meanwhile, legalization of recreational marijuana has faced several roadblocks.

  • Republican leaders have opposed it and there are steep election hurdles to place the issue before voters.
  • Researchers from Ohio State estimate legalization could net the state up to $375 million in annual tax revenue, the Ohio Capital Journal reports.
  • Advocates plan to try for the November 2023 ballot, per the AP.
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