HCP file photo
HCP file photo

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy awarded a medical marijuana provisional dispensary license to a Hillsboro applicant during the board’s meeting Monday.

As reported by WCPO, “Debbie’s Dispensary Ohio 4, LLC,” located at 1088 North High Street in Hillsboro, is one of seven medical marijuana dispensaries approved in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy says that “provisional licensees are authorized to begin the process of establishing a dispensary in accordance with the representations in their applications and the rules adopted by the Board. All provisional license holders have six months to demonstrate compliance with the dispensary operational requirements to obtain a certificate of operation.”

Debbie’s Dispensary Ohio 4, LLC earned a total score of 157.261895 out of 230 available points, according to the Board of Pharmacy. It will be the only dispensary for Southwest District 6, which will serve Highland, Adams and Brown counties.

The primary agent for Debbie’s Dispensary is Sara Presler, who also applied for dispensary licenses in Bowling Green, Cleveland, Lorain, Monroe, South Euclid and Warren.

The other dispensary applicant for Highland County, Ohio Biotherapy LLC – also proposed for Hillsboro – was rejected, receiving a score of 78.214274. The two Hillsboro dispensaries were the only applicants for SW District 6, according to the Board of Pharmacy’s full list of application scores by district.

Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings told Hillsboro city council in July 2017 that he had attended meetings on medical marijuana and its “economic development impact” during the Mayors Association of Ohio’s annual conference.

“Numerous communities around us are actively pursuing the jobs and revenue that’s anticipated,” Hastings told council last summer.

According to the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy, 56 licenses across the state were awarded “after an extensive review of 376 submitted dispensary applications.” The Board reported that they did not receive applications for the NW-2 and SW-3 districts and that the NW-1 district did not have viable applicants.

As previously reported in The Highland County Press, the Board of Pharmacy developed draft dispensary districts to assist in determining where medical marijuana dispensaries will be located.

The draft dispensary districts were created after considering the following:

• Established rules and regulations in other state medical marijuana programs;

• Patient populations;

• Consultation with regulators in other states;

• Ohio’s population;

• Existing compliance resources for the State Board of Pharmacy; and

• Access to major Ohio roadways.

The dispensaries approved for Clermont, Clinton and Warren counties (SW District 5) and Fayette, Greene and Madison counties (SW District 7) will be located in Lebanon and Beavercreek, respectively.

More information can be found by visiting the dispensary page of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program website at https://medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov. This includes:

• Complete list of provisional licensees and their scores.
• A complete list of all applicants and their scores.
• Copies of all completed dispensary applications submitted.
• A frequently asked questions document that outlines the provisional license evaluation process.
• A detailed report presented to the Board of Pharmacy about the provisional license evaluation process.

To view the full list of approved applicants, click here.

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy also announced Monday the opening of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Toll-Free Helpline. The Toll-Free Helpline responds to inquiries from patients, caregivers and health professionals regarding adverse reactions to medical marijuana and provides information about available services and additional assistance as needed.

To contact the line, please dial: 1-833-4OH-MMCP (1-833-464-6627).