Ohio Opens Applications for Recreational Marijuana Sales Licenses

Ohio moves closer to launching recreational marijuana sales after voters approved legalization last year. Existing medical cannabis dispensaries can now apply for dual licenses to serve both patients and adult consumers.

The Division of Cannabis Control (DCC) started accepting applications, offering guidance on regulatory requirements. While the timeline for sales is uncertain, DCC Superintendent James Canepa hinted at possible sales starting this month.

Applications will be processed in the order received, with licenses issued incrementally. Dispensaries must maintain enough cannabis for both medical patients and adult consumers.

This move follows legislative approval of cannabis regulations, despite Governor Mike DeWine’s personal opposition. Challenges remain in expediting sales due to disagreement within the GOP-controlled legislature.

Despite obstacles, the opening of applications marks progress towards legalized marijuana sales, promising increased access and regulation in Ohio’s future.

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