Frantz Ward Client Obtains Favorable Ruling in Dispensary License Litigation

An Ohio judge ordered the Board of Pharmacy to reconsider its denial of a provisional dispensary license to Frantz Ward’s client, Pure Ohio Wellness, LLC.

Pure Ohio was the highest-scoring dispensary applicant in the state’s Southwest-7 District, which includes Fayette, Madison, and Greene counties. However, the Board denied Pure Ohio a license and instead awarded a license to a lower-scoring applicant as a result of an Ohio statute that required the Board of Pharmacy Board to issue not less than fifteen percent of dispensary licenses to entities owned and controlled by members of economically disadvantaged groups.

The Court found this statute to be unconstitutional on its face and remanded the matter back to the Board. This ruling follows a decision by the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to strike down a similar provision governing the award of Ohio medical marijuana cultivator and processor licenses.

After receiving a copy of the decision, Pure Ohio’s President, Larry Pegram, provided this statement:

“We were very happy to receive the Judge’s ruling today. As a currently vertically-integrated Ohio medical marijuana company we are focused on providing the best and safest cannabis available on the market. We look forward to ultimately receiving our third dispensary license so that we can provide much needed relief to more of Ohio’s patients.”

To view a copy of the ruling, please click here.

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