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Ohio Regulators to Accept Applications for Medical Cannabis Dispensary Licenses from November 4 to November 18

September 24, 2021

Ohio authorities have published details relating to the second medical dispensaries licensing process. The process includes RFA II (Request For Applications) publishing, two periods of Questions & Answers, and application acceptance.

Recently, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced awarding additional 73 licenses to medical dispensaries. The Board came up with 31 dispensary districts in Ohio. Each one will get a certain number of licenses.

Q&A Periods

There are two Q&A periods. The first one starts on September 20 and ends on October 6. The second one starts on October 17 and ends on October 21.

Each person can ask no more than three questions during each period. As the Board stated, it will do its best to answer all the questions. But after the second period of Q&A ends, every attempt to interact with the Board may end up with an applicant’s disqualification.

The email address to send questions is rfaquestions@medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov.

Application Process

The application and other materials are already available on the official website.

The Board will start accepting applications on November 4, 2021, at 8 a.m. Eastern Time. The process will end on November 18, 2021, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. After the application timeframe ends, the Board will not accept any documents.

Before applying, make sure you have the complete package: the digital application, application fee paid, completed Trade Secret Form, Zoning Form, and Release and Attestation. The price amounts to $5,000.

To submit an application, use: www.medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/dispensaries.

Remember that no one is allowed to own more than five dispensary licenses at any time.

Drawing Process

After the period of application submission ends, the Board will start the reviewing process and awarding.

The drawing process will not be conducted if the number of applications in a district is not more than the number assigned to this district. All applicants will get a license.

If vice versa – the number of applicants is greater than the number of licenses, then a drawing process will take place. It means that the applicants’ list will be formed randomly. Then the Board will use it until all licenses are awarded. It means that if one applicant is not compliant, then the next applicant from the list will be considered.