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In Ohio, cannabis is regulated by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Cannabis may only be distributed to qualifying medical patients, or their caregivers.
The Board of Pharmacy requires that all inventory actions and sales be reported to the state Traceability system, METRC, in real time. Additionally, Ohio requires that all patient sales be reported to the state’s Prescription Management Program (PMP) system, and that the PMP system be used to validate a patient’s current cannabis allotment for a given period of time.
Dispensaries in Ohio may sell a patient up to a 90 day supply of cannabis. Days supply is determined by the patient’s physician. A dispensary employee may dispense any portion of a patient’s ninety day supply, and may dispense any remaining portion of a patient’s ninety day supply, except that no patient shall receive more than a ninety day supply in a ninety day time period.
Medical cannabis sales are subject to normal state sales tax (5.75%) as well as any locally imposed taxes (up to 2.25%)
Cannabis delivery is not permitted in the state of Ohio.
Ohio recently passed a ballot initiative which allows the creation of an adult use cannabis market. The initial legislation stipulates that the new program will be overseen by the Division of Cannabis Control, under the Department of Commerce.
All applications (except for ROD and ROND licensees) must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $1,000. Additional license fees are imposed prior to the issuance of a final license. If the applicant qualifies as a social and economic equity applicant, then a 50% reduction, waiver, or deferred fee will apply. Other reductions, waivers, or fee deferrals may be approved by the Board for those demonstrating sufficient need.
Application review for the AUCC, AUCP, and CAURD applications takes approximately 4 to 8 weeks, per the Office. After the Office reviews and processes your application, if it meets the requirements, it will then be presented to the Board for final approval. Applicants may only begin adult-use cannabis activities upon final license approval from the Board.
For the non-conditional adult-use application round opening on October 4, OCM has indicated that it would begin reviewing those retail and microbusiness applications with site control as early as November 3, with no set timeline for ultimate license issuance.
The short answer is that there are no caps on total number of licenses in the Cannabis Law. We’ve seen hundreds of AUCP and AUCC licenses issued to date. For CAURD licenses, whereas the Board initially only planned to issue 150 total licenses, they then agreed to double that number to 300, and then exceeded that number thereafter.
That being said, the Board and the Office may limit the total number of applications in a few different material ways. For instance, they may limit licenses by location or authorized regions (as they have done in the CAURD application round), size of operation or output, or other operating conditions, dependent on issues related to sustainability, public health and safety, and social and economic factors.
For the application round opening on OCtober 3, OCM has indicated that it intends on issuing more than 1,000 total licenses, estimated to be broken down as follows:
Given that New York has now held three (3) distinct adult-use application rounds (AUCC, AUCP, and CAURD), it should be noted that those three (3) applications were notably consistent. The applications are hosted on the New York Business Express website, which is largely user friendly, though subject to crashes on high volume days (such as the final date for submission of the CAURD applications).
The proposed adult-use regulations identify similar areas of information for the forthcoming license opportunities, including:
For the application period opening on October 3, the Office will initially review:
As it relates to final licensure, the Office will assess, among other things: