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State regulators intend to release the request for applications (RFA II) for a batch of 73 new medical marijuana dispensary licenses coming available in either September or October, according to the latest updates from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.

Sharon Maerten-Moore, director of medical marijuana operations at the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy, provided an update on the dispensary application process, among other things, at an meeting on Thursday, Aug. 12, according to agency spokeswoman Ali Simon.

“The goal would be that at the September board meeting Sharon presents RFA II to the board and that the board will vote on it,” Simon said. “Hopefully, if ready and approved by the board in September, the RFA can be issued shortly after.”

The pharmacy board, which regulates dispensaries in Ohio, approved expanding the state’s dispensary count by 73 at an April 19 meeting.

There are 58 provisionally licensed dispensaries across Ohio and 55 presently in operation. In 2017, the board approved licensing 60 dispensaries in either single or multicounty districts across the state, but there were some districts that never received any qualified applicants.

If every new license is awarded, the total number of marijuana dispensaries in the state would grow to

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