Marijuana lottery announces drawing results next week


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Ohio law allows medical marijuana to be sold as pills, lotions, oils or edibles, but not in a smokable form.

Whether medical marijuana dispensaries will be in Oxford won’t be known until next week, according to the state’s Medical Marijuana Control Program.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy, which licenses and regulates medical marijuana dispensaries, held a lottery in conjunction with the Ohio Lottery Commission for medical marijuana dispensary applications Thursday, Jan. 27. 

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy approved issuing 73 new dispensary licenses in September of 2021. Over 1,400 applications were received. There were 20 applications for locations in Oxford. The state distributes licenses among eight districts in Ohio. District Two, which includes Butler, Preble and Darke Counties, is eligible for five dispensaries but only has two.

Following the drawings, the applications will be evaluated to ensure compliance with Chapter 3796 of the Revised Code, relevant request for applications, and all license limitations, according to a statement by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy

The drawings were not viewable to the public. The ranked order lists will be posted on the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program website next week.