By Owen Daugherty
Medical marijuana could be coming to a street near you.
Franklin County will receive five dispensaries, scattered across Columbus.
The dispensary awardees are:
‒ Greenleaf Apothecaries, located at 111 Vine St. across from the North Market.
‒ Harvest of Ohio, located at 2950 N. High St., just south of Weber Road.
‒ 127 OH, located at 1361 Georgesville Rd, adjacent to the Walmart off I-270.
‒ Verdant Creations, which does not have a building site yet, just a parcel of land on Cassady Avenue.
‒ Cannamed Therapeutics, located at 656 Grandview Ave., directly next to a bar, Woodland’s Backyard.
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced the 56 dispensary statewide license recipients Monday.
Out of the six counties surrounding Columbus, only two — Licking and Fairfield — were awarded dispensaries.
Licking County received three, all located in Newark. Fairfield County received one dispensary, located in Carroll, near Lancaster.
Steven Schierholt, the board’s director, said his team took several precautions to guarantee the applications were scored properly, adding that the state contracted an outside consulting group, Atlanta-based North Highland, to assist in the process.
“We were very sensitive to some of the problems the Department of Commerce had with their scoring and the criticism they received,” Schierholt said.
The dispensary announcement is an important step in the more than two-year process the state is in the midst of to get medical marijuana to eligible patients. The announcement was delayed last month because the pharmacy board had yet to complete validating the minimum requirements for applicants, such as background checks. State law says the program must be “fully operational” by Sept. 8.
Dispensaries are the retail component of the multifaceted new industry where consumers — in this case patients and caregivers — actually go to pick up the product once they have a doctor-recommended and state-approved medical card.
Dispatch Reporter Rick Rouan contributed to this story.
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