Eighteen companies are vying for three medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Lorain County.
On Monday, the state released a list of 370 applicants who applied for one of the 60 licenses to be awarded throughout Ohio.
Because of a rules set by the state, dispensaries are prohibited from being within 500 feet of a school, church, public library, public playground, public park or community addiction services provider. In addition, municipalities can set additional regulations to prohibit or limit the number of retail dispensaries in their jurisdiction.
Under the states rules, Lorain County is in a district with Medina, Wayne and Holmes and the whole district is allowed three dispensaries. There were no license applications for Medina, Wayne or Holmes counties.
The districts were created by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Dispensary Districts, which is one of three state agencies responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. The board divided the state into four quadrants and created a maximum number of dispensaries allowed in each district.
The Northwest region is allowed 10 total dispensaries, the Northeast region, which includes Lorain, is allowed 18 total dispensaries with Cuyahoga County being allowed the biggest share, five dispensaries; the Southeast region is allowed 17 dispensaries; and the Southwest region is allowed 15 dispensaries.
Under the rules, a dispensary can only sell to qualified patients ages 18 and older or a designated caregiver with the patient allowed no more than a 90-day supply of the medical marijuana.
Earlier this month, the state announced its list of recipients for Level II cultivation provisional licenses with Oberlin being the only city in Lorain County to get a licensed grower.
The grower, Ascension BioMedical, first needs to get plans for the grow site approved by the Oberlin Planning Commission before building the space in the Oberlin Industrial Park. A date for hearing the plans has not yet been scheduled.
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