The launch of Ohio’s medical marijuana patient registry has been put on hold because of unexpected delays in bringing Ohio’s newest treatment to market, according to state regulators.
Medical marijuana patients and their caregivers will be required to register with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to receive patient identification cards necessary to buy medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries.
The online registry was expected to go live early this month, but the agency has decided to push back the launch until officials have a clearer idea of when medical marijuana will be widely available, according to Grant Miller, a spokesman for the pharmacy board.
Medical marijuana was expected to be available to Ohio patients by Sept. 8. But none of the 25 cultivators licensed to grow marijuana in Ohio received permission to begin planting in time to meet that deadline.
“What we’re doing now is reassessing what would be best for patients here in Ohio,” Miller said. “We’re trying to find the most suitable date (to launch the patient registry) for patients to be served well.”
Miller said delaying the launch has nothing to do with the pharmacy department’s readiness. [Read more at The Enquirer]