Monroe medical marijuana dispensary opening delayed until later this summer

The owners of the Strawberry Fields medical marijuana dispensary in Monroe say its opening would 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 certain regulatory requirements are addressed.

Earlier this year, CannAscend officials said they were hoping to open the Monroe dispensary 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.”

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Nine dispensaries have provisional licenses to open in the region, including another in Springfield and others in Beavercreek, Lebanon, Monroe, Riverside and the village of Seven Mile.

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