Delays make medical pot availability unclear

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s delays in selecting processors and giving cultivators the green light to grow plants appear to have pushed the availability of medical marijuana further past the Legislature’s Sept. 8 deadline.

The Columbus Dispatch reported a meeting between the Medical Marijuana Council and an advisory board Thursday provided no answer about when the state’s program will finally become operational.

Cultivators have been selected, yet only two have permission to grow plants.

Testing labs are ready and physicians are in place to recommend medical marijuana, but no processors to turn plants into edibles, oils, creams and tinctures have been selected. A Commerce Department official said those licenses are to be issued in the coming weeks.

A pharmacy board official said the patient registration portal is to be activated closer to when marijuana becomes available.