Two agencies that will regulate Ohio's medical marijuana program are getting the 1.8 million state dollars they sought to start that work.
923 thousand goes to the Department of Commerce to license cultivators, processors and laboratories that test the drug, as well as lead the creation of a related research database. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy will get the rest. It will license dispensaries, upgrade the state's automated prescription reporting system and create a patient/caregiver registry. The law takes effect September, but it will take at least two years before the program is implemented.