If you know anything about the medical marijuana industry in Ohio, then you know that the state keeps a tight leash on all operations. Cultivators, processors and dispensaries are all subject to strict laws. Failure to abide by those laws can result in a medical marijuana business’s license or certification being revoked, thereby rendering them unable to conduct business operations. Considering the financial opportunities available in this market, closing down shop due to legal noncompliance can be quite costly.
Although there are a number of laws dictating how a medical marijuana dispensary should operate, the state even proscribes how dispensaries must be maintained when closed. Under Ohio law, every medical marijuana dispensary must be equipped with an alarm system that is approved by the board of pharmacy. Additionally, access to a dispensary must be limited to key employees, 24-hour surveillance must be implemented and medical marijuana must be locked in a way that is approved by the state, which, by law, must be a safe or a vault.
Oftentimes these seemingly minor details of business operation get less attention than the bread and butter of selling medical marijuana. However, a random inspection can occur at any time and, in the event of noncompliance, a dispensary can be hit with significant penalties. While some violators may be fortunate enough to escape with a warning or some sort of probationary period, others may have their license suspended or revoked. Some businesses can even be hit with serious fines that eat into their bottom line.
While major mistakes made in the medical marijuana field can be ruinous, even seemingly small slipups can have significant ramifications, especially when violations are identified on multiple occasions. In order to avoid the critical eye of the government, medical marijuana dispensaries in Ohio and across the nation should consider working with a legal professional to ensure full compliance with the law.