Ohio’s Board of Pharmacy has begun to review a whopping 370 applications to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in that state, only 60 of which will eventually be approved. Those sixty licenses are divided up among districts that are typically groups of counties in which dispensaries are opening their doors. In a district consisting of two counties, seven companies are competing to run one dispensary. In another district of one county, eleven companies are competing to run two dispensaries. Along with a complicated application process, each applicant has paid a $5,000 application fee, netting the state more than $1.8 million. One of those applicants is a well known local reverend, who WLWT Channel 5 interviewed:
“If it can help some of the ailments – ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), cancer, Parkinson’s (disease), HIV/AIDS – I think it’s time that the state of Ohio steps in,” Reverend Damon Lynch III said. “So I saw it as an opportunity to provide that medical service.”
The reverend is one of seventeen applicants in Ohio’s Hamilton County competing to run three licensed dispensaries.
“The application process was tough,” Lynch said. “We have a good team, though. We have a doctor. We have a pharmacist on our team. We have business people. We have moms on our team. So we have a good, local team.”
According to WLWT Channel 5, the state expects the approved dispensaries to be up and running by next September.