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Thanks to new proposed rules, 40 shops could dispense Ohio medical marijuana

COLUMBUS, Ohio  (Cannabist) — As many as 40 shops could dispense medical marijuana in the state under rules proposed by Ohio’s pharmacy board. Proposals released Thursday by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy also say more dispensaries could be licensed, “based upon the state population, patient population and geographic distribution of dispensary sites to ensure patient access,” The Columbus Dispatch reported. Licensed dispensary owners would have to pay a $5,000 application fee and an $80,000 license fee every other year. Applicants also would need to prove they have liquid assets totaling at least $250,000, reported. The proposals require that dispensaries hire a pharmacist, nurse, physician or physician’s assistant to be on-call or on the premises during operating hours. That person must also train workers and create educational information for patients under the rules. Additionally, dispensaries would be required to report all medical marijuana sales to the state’s controlled substances database. The State Medical Board also released proposed rules Thursday. They require doctors recommending marijuana to patients to have an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery. Those doctors would also have to take two hours of continuing education classes on medical marijuana.

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