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Ohio pharmacy board delays the licensing of marijuana dispensaries

Ohio pharmacy board can award dispensary licenses for as many as 57 sites statewide/AP Photo

Individuals wanting to produce marijuana for medical purposes in the Buckeye State will have to wait longer.

A meeting where applicants seeking to operate Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries were supposed to learn whether they've received licenses has been postponed.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy said it canceled Wednesday's special meeting two days after it was announced because information gathering was incomplete.

A spokesman says the board is awaiting background check information and to verify proposed locations are at least 500 feet from schools and churches.

Cleveland.com reports the Ohio Department of Commerce didn't verify whether applicants have met minimum requirements before awarding growing licenses.

At least four sites have failed to meet the 500-foot buffer rule.

The pharmacy board can award dispensary licenses up to 57 sites statewide.

There have been 376 applications.

Winners will now be announced at the board's three-day monthly meeting beginning June 4.

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