Pharmacy board out as sole medical pot regulator in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative proposal to regulate medical marijuana through Ohio’s pharmacy board is being scrapped over concerns the rare setup nationally would create an undue burden on the state.

Sen. David Burke, a pharmacist behind the idea, called the arrangement the most responsible way to oversee marijuana as medicine. He said Tuesday that changes were needed to strike a workable compromise.

Sen. Bill Coley chairs the committee considering Ohio’s fast-tracked medical marijuana bill. Coley says the new plan requires pharmacists at dispensaries, but leaves doctors under the medical board and places cultivation and processing under the state Commerce Department.

READ MORE: Ohio Senate proposes changes to medical marijuana bill

The National Association of State Boards of Pharmacy says only Connecticut and Louisiana regulate medical marijuana through their pharmacy boards. Most states establish control commissions that distance federally-licensed doctors and pharmacies from distribution. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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