The Ohio Board of Pharmacy officially published its 2021 Request for Dispensary Applications — otherwise known as RFA II — which you can find online here.
This was expected, as the pharmacy board on Sept. 14 authorized releasing the rules and guidelines for the issuance of up to 73 additional medical marijuana dispensary licenses on Monday, Sept. 20.
You can read many more details about this latest licensing round in this post from last week.
The state would grow to at least 130 total dispensaries if all new licenses are awarded.
It’s worth noting that the state is moving ahead with licensing despite a lack of requirements to allocate a portion of licenses to diverse individuals. That’s something some lawmakers have been calling for, even though prior equity requirements were deemed unconstitutional. Stakeholders suggested the state should hold off on issuing licenses until an equity measure that would stand up in the courts could be worked out.
In summary, the window to apply officially opens Nov. 4 and closes at 2 p.m. on Nov. 18. There is a $5,000 fee for each application.
There will also be two question-and-answer sessions during which stakeholders can submit inquires to the board, answers to which will