New Boston in running for medical marijuana dispensary

By Nikki Blankenship -

The Village of New Boston has chimed in on the medical marijuana discussion, announcing that Portsmouth is not the only local municipality eligible for a dispensary.

“We’ve been hearing a lot about medical marijuana,” New Boston Mayor William Williams stated.

He explained that the dispensary application process starts Nov. 3 and ends Nov. 17.

Williams informed Council that New Boston has never had a moratorium on the development of a dispensary and thus is eligible so long as someone is interested in opening a dispensary within the Village.

“Portsmouth had two six month moratoriums about a year ago,” Williams explained. “They had those moratoriums started because they didn’t know that the state didn’t know how they were doing to handle all of this. Medical marijuana is legal statewide, but federal it’s illegal. That caused some problems.”

Williams added that those issues had to be resolved by Sept. 3 and were resolved by that deadline.

“The key is unless you enact a moratorium, they can come here. The default is the door is open,” stated Solicitor Justin Blume.

Thus, New Boston is in the running. The Village did not choose to issue a ban.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program explained that the State Board of Pharmacy will begin accepting medical marijuana dispensary applications at 8 a.m. on Nov. 3. Applications will be accepted until 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Applications and all related materials must be submitted electronically through a web-based application accessible at

Prior to opening the application period, there were two question and answer periods established to answer questions regarding the application process. The first question and answer period started Sept. 19 and lasted until Oct. 5. The second question and answer period began Oct. 16 and will last until Oct. 20.

Strand testing applications have already been accepted. The application period for universities interested in becoming a laboratory testing site began Sept. 11 and ended Sept. 22.

During the first year, the Department of Commerce will only issue licenses to conduct laboratory testing of medical marijuana to institutions of higher education that are public, located within the State of Ohio and meet requirements established by the State.

New Boston Village Council meets on at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month, in the council meeting room of the Vern Riffe Community Center, 3980 Rhodes Ave., in New Boston.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.