Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority Names New Director

OKLAHOMA:  The deputy director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority will serve as interim director of the authority, officials announced Friday.

Kelly Williams replaces Travis Kirkpatrick, who was recently named deputy commissioner of prevention and preparedness at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Kirkpatrick, who will oversee the OMMA from his new position, chose Williams for the interim post. Kirkpatrick had been named director of the authority in January after serving as interim director for about three months.

“This is a young agency and we have seen massive growth over the past two years,” Williams said in a statement. “I look forward to the challenges and the rewards of growing the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority into an agency that will make Oklahomans proud.”

Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Releases Testing Laboratory Provisional License Application Materials

OHIO:The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) is scheduled to accept new testing laboratory license applications beginning the week of August 3, 2020. On its testing laboratories webpage, the MMCP has posted two documents for potential applicants to assist in understanding the key substantive attributes of the application.

Potential applicants may submit questions regarding the application materials using instructions listed on the testing laboratories webpage. All questions must be submitted by July 31, 2020. The MMCP will then provide the frequently asked questions and MMCP answers to potential applicants.

For more information, visit the MMCP’s testing laboratories webpage.

Maine: 17 New Adult Use Conditional Licenses Issued

MAINE: How big is Maine’s new adult-use cannabis industry? According to the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy, there are 17 new adult use conditional licenses. The breakdown includes seven marijuana stores, five cultivation facilities, four products manufacturing facilities, and one testing facility.

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Publishes Updated Patient & Caregiver Numbers For June 2020

OHIO: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today published updated patient & caregiver numbers for June 2020. These numbers include:

  • 147,245 Recommendations
  • 116,497 Registered patients
    • 8,349 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 8,713 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 644 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 91,330 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 13,140 Registered Caregivers

For the full list of program numbers, please visit the Program Update page.

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Releases MMJ Patient & Caregiver Numbers For March 2020

OHIO: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today published updated patient & caregiver numbers for March 2020. These numbers include:

  • 113,359 Recommendations
  • 94,356 Registered patients
    • 7,031 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 6,990 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 544 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 69,585 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 10,790 Registered Caregivers

For the full list of program numbers, please visit the Program Update page.

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Publishes Updated MMJ Patient & Caregiver Numbers For February 2020

OHIO: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today published updated patient & caregiver numbers for February 2020. These numbers include:

  • 102,200 Recommendations
  • 88,306 Registered patients
    • 6,545 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 6,018 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 506 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 64,932 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 9,793 Registered Caregivers

For the full list of program numbers, please visit the Program Update page.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Mandatory Product Recall – 3/13/2020

OHIO: The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) is issuing a mandatory product recall on plant material cultivated by Pure Ohio Wellness. This recall is being initiated by the MMCP because product that did not receive the full battery of required testing was sold at dispensaries. The product was not tested for heavy metals, water activity, microbials, mycotoxins, or foreign matter. The MMCP has initiated an investigation into the noncompliance and identified product samples to be tested. These results will be communicated publicly.

AFFECTED PRODUCT:

Product Name: Papaya Punch, Hiker’s Blend, and Tahoe Jack

Purchase Dates: May 10, 2019 – Present

Cultivator Name: Pure Ohio Wellness

Product ID:
• M00000022503: Tier 1 Vap-Hybrid-16.4-.04-Papaya Punch
• M00000022504: Tier 1 Vap-Hybrid-16.9-.07-Hikers Blend
• M00000022506: Tier 1 Vap-Hybrid-18.6-.03-Tahoe Jack
• M00000028027: Tier 1 Vap-Hybrid-14.21-0.05
• M00000032648: Tier 1 Vap-Hybrid-14.48-0.03
• M00000036302: Tier 1 Vap-Sativa-15.50-0
• M00000036303: Tier 1 Vap-Sativa-18.50-0
• M00000036307: Tier 1 Vap-Sativa-14.75-0
• M00000039234: Tier 1 Vap-Sativa-18.50-0 (103) 28.3g
• M00000039235: Tier 1 Vap-Sativa-14.75-0 (104) 8.49g
• M00000039236: Tier 1 Vap-Sativa-14.75-0 (104) 28.3g
• M00000039239: Tier 1 Vap-Sativa-14.75-0 (107) 8.49g
• M00000039240: Tier 1 Vap-Sativa-14.75-0 (107) 28.3g
• M00000039241: Tier 1 Vap-Sativa-15.50-0 (108) 8.49g
• M00000039242: Tier 1 Vap-Sativa-15.50-0 (108) 28.3g

No reports of adverse reactions for this product have been reported to the MMCP at this time.

Patients who have purchased the recalled product should stop using it. All unused product should be returned to the dispensary where purchased. Returned products will not count toward a patient’s 90-day possession limit. For more information on returns, please contact the dispensary where the product was purchased.

Anyone who thinks that they may be experiencing serious or life-threatening issues should seek immediate medical attention. Patients are reminded that any adverse reactions should be reported to the MMCP toll-free helpline (1-833-464-6627).

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Publishes Updated Patient & Caregiver Numbers For January 2020

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OHIO: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today published updated patient & caregiver numbers for January 2020.

These numbers include:

  • 94,771 Recommendations
  • 84,023 Registered patients
    • 6,163 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 5,382 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 473 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 60,260 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 9,153 Registered Caregivers

For the full list of program numbers, please visit the Program Update page.

Kirkpatrick Named Director Of Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority

OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma native Travis Kirkpatrick is the new director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. Kirkpatrick has served as interim director for the last 90 days. Health Commissioner Gary Cox said he made the decision based on Kirkpatrick’s leadership at the authority over the last few months.

“We are excited about the leadership of Travis and his focus on being an efficient and effective organization that serves the citizens of the state,” said Cox. “During his three months, Kirkpatrick has reopened the call center, which is now handling approximately 300 calls a day, hired a compliance manager to ensure the dispensaries across the state are in compliance with state laws, and worked to open the lines of communication with the business community and the patients.”

Kirkpatrick praised the staff for its passion and dedication saying “that is something that drives me every day as I seek to innovate and lead us toward the goals we have been provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health leadership and the Governor. My goal is to continue to work with the patients, dispensary owners and growers as this authority meets the guidelines set out by the voters and by the Legislature.”

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority was created by a vote of the people, July 26, 2018.  The state question allowed for both licenses to sell and to purchase medical marijuana with a physician’s certification. Additional regulatory authority was written into the “unity bill” passed by the legislature just months before Kirkpatrick’s arrival. There are currently more than 246,000 patient, caregiver, grower, processor, dispensary, and transportation licenses for marijuana in Oklahoma, all handled by OMMA.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Program 2019 By The Numbers

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OHIO: The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) has released official numbers for the state’s first full year of legal medical cannabis.

According to the numbers, nearly 74,000 adults have registered as medical marijuana patients in the first 12 months, with 55,617 of them having made legal cannabis purchases.  They bought nearly 7,300 pounds of legal cannabis through 48 licensed dispensaries, ringing up more than $66 million in product sales.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Stats