150 apply to run medical marijuana dispensaries in Northeast Ohio, the most of any region in the state

Northeast Ohio is the most sought-after region in the state by those seeking to run a medical marijuana dispensary, according to information from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

The state announced Monday, Nov. 20, that 370 have applied for the 60 initial dispensary licenses up for grabs ahead of the Ohio medical marijuana program going into effect next September.

Of all the applicants, 150 are seeking a dispensary license in the state’s Northeast quadrant, which is more than 40.5% of all applications filed.

That includes 55 in Cuyahoga County itself and 22 in Summit County.

Other counties that got a lot of attention include Lorain and Stark counties, which each saw 18 applicants.

In terms of disseminating licenses, the pharmacy board, which is overseeing the retail aspects of the medical marijuana industry, divvied the state into four regions: Northeast (which includes Cuyahoga County); Southeast (which includes Columbus’ Franklin County); Southwest (which includes Cincinnati); and Northwest (which includes Toledo).

Per statutes, each region is allowed a possible maximum number of dispensaries of 18, 17, 15 and 10, respectively.

How many shops could go in each is largely determined by population density. Cuyahoga and Franklin counties are tied for the most dispensaries allowed in any single Ohio county with five.

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Originally posted by Jeremy Nobile for Crains Cleveland Business.