COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two agencies that will regulate the forthcoming Ohio medical marijuana program are getting the $1.8 million they sought from the state to start that work.
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The law that legalizes certain types of Ohio medical marijuana takes effect Sept. 8, though the program isn’t expected to be fully operational for some time.
About $923,000 of the initial funding goes to the Department of Commerce. It will license cultivators, processors and laboratories that test the drug, as well as lead the creation of a related research database.
The state pharmacy board will get about $882,000. Its roles include licensing medical marijuana dispensaries, upgrading the state’s automated prescription reporting system and creating a patient/caregiver registry.
Rep. Dan Ramos, of Lorain, announced the release of the funds Monday.