Local residents will soon be able to visit medical marijuana stores in the Miami Valley.
The Dayton-Springfield-Cincinnati region will get 12 medical marijuana stores, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy ruled on Monday. Locally, the stores will open in Montgomery, Greene, Butler, Warren, Clark and Hamilton counties. The Board of Pharmacy announced the winners of up to 56 dispensary licenses out of 376 applications statewide.
Here’s what we else we know:
1. What local counties didn’t win out?
The licenses are distributed across 28 geographic districts. Three districts, including one that covers Miami County, did not have viable or any applications.
2. When will the stores open?
The licensees are expected to open storefront operations later this year when Ohio’s new medical marijuana industry launches. In Montgomery County, three stores will open: Pure Ohio Wellness LLC, CannAscend Alternative and Schottenstein Aphria III LLC. In Greene County, Harvest of Ohio LLC will open in Beavercreek. Check out the rest of the stores and where they will be located.
3. How were the stores chosen?
State pharmacy officials and North Highland, a consultant, spent six months reviewing and scoring applications based on business, operations and patient care plans as well as compliance with existing laws.