It is no longer a question whether Ohio will have medical marijuana available by Sept. 8, the time set in state law when the program must be “fully operational.” That ship has sailed, officials say, as delays continue.
Now the question is when exactly the program will be up and running for patients to receive the product they have long awaited.
Additional delays were outlined Thursday as the Medical Marijuana Control Program met with a state advisory board.
Cultivators, testing labs and physicians to recommend medical marijuana are all in place. Processors, or those who will turn cannabis plant into edibles, oils, creams and tinctures, have yet to be selected. The 104 applicants were supposed to learn the outcome in the spring, then in June. Now Mark Hamlin, senior policy adviser for the Department of Commerce, said processor licenses will be awarded in the coming weeks.
He said the delay came