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Rule 3796:6-3-01 | Dispensary operations generally.


(A) A dispensary awarded a certificate of operation under this division shall:

(1) Operate in accordance with the representations made in its application; and

(2) Comply with Chapter 3796. of the Revised Code and this division.

(B) Only a dispensary with an active certificate of operation from the state board of pharmacy may authorize and engage in medical marijuana dispensary operations.

(C) A dispensary shall not dispense marijuana from, obtain marijuana from, or transfer marijuana to, a location outside of the state of Ohio.

(D) A dispensary shall not obtain, cultivate, deliver, transfer, transport, sell or dispense marijuana except:

(1) It may acquire marijuana from a processor or cultivator holding a plant-only processor designation;

(2) It may sell expired plant material to a processor licensed by the department of commerce, if all original tamper-resistant seals from the original cultivator's container remain intact;

(3) Dispensary employees may dispense and sell marijuana only to a patient or caregiver, in a dispensary department, in accordance with Chapter 3796. of the Revised Code and this division; and

(4) It may initiate a transfer of inventory over the course of discontinuing business pursuant to rule 3796:6-2-14 of the Administrative Code.

(E) No person at a dispensary shall provide free medical marijuana samples or engage in compounding as defined under section 4729.01 of the Revised Code.

(F) A dispensary shall sell medical marijuana only in the original, sealed containers or packaging as delivered by the processor or cultivator holding a plant-only processor designation.

(G) Upon a patient or caregiver's request, a dispensary may provide the patient or caregiver to whom medical marijuana has been dispensed by the dispensary, with a container that is intended to be used for the transport of medical marijuana aliquots. Such a container shall:

(1) Meet the requirements in paragraph (A) of rule 3796:8-1-01 of the Administrative Code;

(2) Have an affixed label containing:

(a) The product name, form, dose, product identifier, product identification number, and quantity for which the container was provided;

(b) The date and quantity dispensed, including the net weight measured in ounces and grams or by volume, as appropriate;

(c) The name and registry number of the patient and, if applicable, the name of his or her designated caregiver;

(d) The name, address and license number of the dispensary;

(e) A warning that states: "This product may cause impairment and may be habit-forming;"

(f) The statement: "This product may be unlawful outside of the State of Ohio;"

(g) If the product is in a form other than plant material, the following must be included:

(i) The date on which the product was manufactured and the name and license number of the processor that manufactured the product;

(ii) A list of all ingredients and all major food allergens as identified in 21 USC 343; and

(iii) A warning that states: "Caution: When eaten or swallowed, the effects and impairment caused by this drug may be delayed."

(3) All labels printed for the purposes of this paragraph shall be printed as a duplicate, auditable label in the dispensary's internal inventory control system.

(4) A record of all containers provided to a patient or caregiver pursuant to this paragraph shall be kept for at least three years. This record shall include at least the following:

(a) The product name, form, dose, product identifier, and quantity for which the container was provided;

(b) Positive identification of the employee responsible for providing the container; and

(c) Signature of the patient or caregiver who received the container and the date on which the container was received.

(H) A dispensary shall place all products sold to the qualifying patient or caregiver in an opaque package that shall not indicate the contents of the package, the originating facility or in any other way cause another person to believe that the package may contain marijuana.

(I) A dispensary shall not permit any person to enter the dispensary department unless:

(1) Such person is a licensed dispensary employee whose responsibilities necessitate access to the dispensary department;

(2) Such person is a registered patient or caregiver whose active registration is verified before entry into the dispensary department. Patients and caregivers shall not be permitted behind the service counter or in other restricted access areas; or

(3) Such person's responsibilities otherwise necessitate access to the dispensary department and then only for as long as necessity requires. Persons necessitating access may include authorized agents from the state board of pharmacy and local, state, or federal law enforcement authorities. All others who necessitate access shall be under direct personal supervision while on licensed dispensary premises.

(J) All dispensary employees shall at all times while on dispensary premises, wear above the waist, an employee identification card printed by the dispensary at which they are employed.

(1) Each employee identification card shall clearly identify the employee to the public and contain, at a minimum, the following features of information:

(a) A clear photo of the image of the employee's face measuring two inches by two inches, taken not more than ninety days prior to the issuance to the employee;

(b) The date on which the identification card was issued to the employee;

(c) The employee's current name;

(d) The medical marijuana employee license number;

(e) Security features to prevent unauthorized duplication of the employee's identification card; and

(f) The name of the dispensary.

(2) Identification cards shall expire four years from the date of issuance. The dispensary's designated representative shall be responsible for collecting and destroying all expired cards and cards from employees who are no longer employed by the dispensary.

(3) A dispensary employee shall be issued a separate identification card for each dispensary employing that individual, unless the dispensaries employing the individual share common ownership and use identical cards for all dispensaries employing the individual;

(4) Dispensaries may only print an employee identification card for an employee that holds an active license issued pursuant to Chapter 3796. of the Revised Code and the rules adopted thereunder.

(K) A dispensary shall maintain a list of all third-party vendors. The third-party vendor list shall be provided to the state board of pharmacy upon request.

(L) A dispensary designated representative shall review dispensary organization policies and procedures at least once every twelve months from the issue date of the certificate of operation and update as needed or as requested by the state board of pharmacy. The time and date of such reviews shall be documented at the completion of each review.

(M) No medical marijuana requiring refrigeration or hot-holding or considered potentially hazardous food shall be possessed or sold by a dispensary.

Last updated July 11, 2022 at 1:26 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 3796.04
Amplifies: 3796.04, 3796.20
Five Year Review Date: 7/11/2027
Prior Effective Dates: 9/8/2017