Ohio Delays Medical Marijuana Rollout

Ohio Delays Medical Marijuana Rollout

Medical marijuana will not be available in the state on Sept. 8 as planned.

June 6, 2018

COLUMBUS - Ohio patients will not be able to buy marijuana on Sept. 8, the anticipated start date for Ohio's medical cannabis program.

In fact, it could take weeks more before medicinal marijuana is available for patients. Even then, it's likely to be available only in limited quantities.

Delays in licensing 25 marijuana growers in Ohio have pushed back the program's launch, the Ohio Department of Commerce said Tuesday. Before planting can begin, the growers must have their facilities inspected by the state and be granted a certificate of operation. 

"We really should have had plants in the ground by this time,'' said Mark Hamlin, a Ohio Commerce Department spokesman.

Ohio legalized medical marijuana in June 2016, saying people could buy it out of state if they had a doctor's note-–although few people have taken that option. Meanwhile, the state has been working toward setting up its own marijuana growers and dispensaries.

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