Ohio marijuana dispensaries await final green light to begin selling recreational weed – WVXU

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More than 100 Ohio marijuana dispensaries and their providers received provisional licenses to sell recreational weed, but all of them are still awaiting a final green light from the Ohio Division of Cannabis Control.

That final green light is known as a “certificate of operation” which many of the dispensaries already have to sell medical marijuana. Until these certificates are issued, the dispensaries that applied and got a provisional license can only sell to medical customers.

Ohio Division of Cannabis Control spokesperson James Crawford said the initiated statute Ohio voters passed in November, known as Issue 2, set June 7 as the deadline for the division to start accepting applications and Sept. 7 as the deadline to start issuing the certificates.

So far the agency has received 244 applications to convert active medical marijuana licensees to dual-use cannabis licensees. The agency notified 182 facilities that they have qualified for a provisional license. Those include:

6 Testing labs33 Cultivators39 Processors104 Dispensaries

Crawford said the agency is continuing to review and process applications roughly in the order in which completed applications have been received.
Crawford said a number of factors go into what comes next and how quickly the certificates will be issued so dispensaries can begin selling weed to all Ohio adults. The business has to

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