State gets 370 applications for medical marijuana licenses

FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2016, file photo, different strains of marijuana are displayed in West Salem Cannabis, a marijuana shop in Salem, Ore. reports Ohio's proposed restrictions on medical marijuana purchases would be among the nation's strictest, based on draft rules released Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy and open to public comment through March 10, 2017. Patients could buy and possess up to six ounces of plant material, or marijuana products containing an equivalent amount of the psychoactive ingredient THC, in a 90-day period. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say they’ve received more than 300 applications to operate 60 dispensaries that will sell medical marijuana.
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy said on Monday that it had received 370 applications to operate the dispensaries the state expects to have up and running in about a year. The deadline for applications was Friday.
A board spokesman says no deadline has been set for determining which businesses will get licenses to operate the dispensaries. The state application fee was $5,000.
No single company will be allowed to own more than five dispensaries.
Ohioans with one of 21 medical conditions can legally buy and use medical marijuana if it’s recommended to them by a physician.