Ohio has just 60 dispensary licenses to give out, but the state has a tough job ahead of sifting through the 370 applications received to select the winners. Even a reverend has applied for a dispensary license. Reverend Damon Lynch III wants to open one of the three Hamilton County dispensary locations allocated.
Lynch is competing against 16 other applicants for one of 3 licenses being made available for Hamilton County, WLWT 5 News reports. The state hopes to have licenses issued in enough time for dispensaries to open in September. Where the exact locations of dispensaries will be has not been released.
Reverend Lynch III said, “I saw this as a great opportunity. I think medical marijuana is important.”
Lynch said, “If it can help some of the ailments – ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), cancer, Parkinson’s (disease), HIV/AIDS – I think it’s time that the State of Ohio steps in. So, I saw it as an opportunity to provide that medical service.”
He also said, “The application process was tough. We have a good team, though. We have a doctor. We have a pharmacist on our team. We have business people. We have moms on our team. So we have a good, local team.”
Lynch isn’t revealing the proposed location of Green RX LLC, but he said, “I don’t want to say where right now. That was a tough part of the process, but we think it’s going to be a friendly, welcoming place. We have enough space. You know, part of the application is that it had to be large enough. It had to be secure.”
Ohio is carefully limiting the number of dispensaries per county based upon population. For instance, Clermont and Warren counties only get one dispensary each. Butler County gets 2. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has to start sifting through the applications soon.
Lynch said, “It’s under the pharmacy board. These will be patients. This is not marijuana that you go around smoking. This is, you know, patches and oils and tinctures, and you can vape it. But it’s for medical issues.”