Alan Johnson The Columbus Dispatch @ohioaj
Ohioans could buy medical marijuana at 60 shops around the state, a 50-percent jump over the initial number proposed.
But home delivery of pot will not be permitted, and marijuana shop T-shirts are banned.
Those are among revised rules for marijuana dispensaries released today by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, one of three agencies involved in setting procedures for the state’s medical marijuana law that took effect last year.
The number of dispensaries was increased from the original 40, with the provision that further licenses to sell marijuana may be added based on “the state population, patient population, and geographic location.” The number remains far below the 1,150 dispensaries that would have been permitted by a statewide marijuana ballot issue Ohio voters defeated in 2015.
The pharmacy board, after receiving public comment, decided that home delivery of marijuana will not be allowed because of the expanded access offered by additional dispensaries.
The revisions also reduce the biennial fee for dispensaries to $70,000 from $80,000 every two years, expand permitted operating hours to 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (closing time previously was 7 p.m.), and limit coupons and discounts to use by indigent and veteran patients.
Another rule was tweaked to prohibit dispensaries from advertising on broadcast media. They also are blocked from advertising their products on clothing or handheld signs and cannot use marijuana leaves in ads.
The dispensary regulations are the second set of rules revised after public comment. Late last year, officials doubled the number of small marijuana growing sites allowed to 12 from six, keeping larger growers capped at 12 locations. Large growing sites were increased to 25,000 square feet from 15,000; small ones were increased to 3,000 square feet from 1,600. The revised rules permit a one-time “build out”