The owners of the Strawberry Fields medical marijuana dispensary in Monroe say its opening will be delayed until sometime in August.
Ian James, who is in charge of corporate development for CannAscend LLC, said officials are continuing with their hiring and training processes and making sure regulatory requirements are addressed.
Earlier this year, CannAscend officials said they were hoping to open the Monroe dispensary on Main Street/Cincinnati-Dayton Road in June. The organization has state approval for three other dispensaries in Dayton, Logan and Marietta.
“We’re making sure that all of our systems are in place,” James said. “Our goal is to have state approval in August.”
He said the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, which inspects the medical marijuana dispensaries, has been busy inspecting the new dispensaries across the state.
“We’re at the mercy of their schedule,” James said. “The inspectors are bending over backwards to get these inspections done and there are only so many hours in a day they can do the inspections.”
James said the organization wants to get everything right for the patients so that they can obtain medical marijuana for their illnesses.
“We’re working diligently to make sure it happens and our goal is to get it done as soon as possible,” he said.
Nine dispensaries have provisional licenses to open in the region, including in Springfield, Beavercreek, Lebanon, Monroe, Riverside and the village of Seven Mile. The dispensary in Lebanon opened in May.
There are 19 authorized medical marijuana dispensaries that have opened, according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.
The 2016 law authorized medical marijuana use by patients with