Medical Marijuana Patients Happier With New Proposed Dispensary Rules

CLEVELAND – New draft medical marijuana dispensary rules published Thursday by the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee would make patient access easier.

Updates to the rules include an increase in dispensary provisional licenses to 60. The limit was previously set at 40.

The board also decreased the biennial fee for a dispensary certificate of operation from $80,000 every two years to $70,000 every two years.

The pre-approval requirements on advertising were removed. Now the process is similar to FDA regulations for traditional pharmaceuticals.

The clinical director position requirement was also removed from the rules.

The board also expanded the hours during which a dispensary is permitted to operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., to 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Coupons and discounts are prohibited for everyone except impoverished and veteran patients.

Home delivery of medical marijuana is still prohibited, according to the draft rules.

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