More Delays Plague Ohio’s Medical Cannabis Program

The law establishing Ohio’s medical cannabis program mandates the program be fully operational by September 8 — hopes for meeting that deadline, however, are already doomed due to delays in the licensing of cannabis cultivators. But now, Ohio patients will likely have to wait even longer than expected as delays are affecting other parts of the […]

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Cleveland, Ohio Forms Adult-Use Cannabis Council

Cleveland, Ohio City Councilman Blaine Griffin has organized a working group on cannabis policy for the city, News 5 Cleveland reports. The group was created to bring together law enforcement and city departments to begin the bureaucratic process of transition to legal cannabis. “We believe it’s time for us to start having that discussion and seeing if […]

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Ohio Officials Give First MMJ Cultivator Go-Ahead to Grow, License Early Testing Labs

Ohio’s first licensed, state-legal medical cannabis grow has received the go-ahead from the Ohio Department of Commerce, according to a Cleveland.com report. The certificate was awarded to Portage County-based FN Group Holdings LLC on Friday and authorizes the company — which will be doing business under the name Wellspring Fields — to grow up to a 3,000-foot canopy of […]

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Columbus, Ohio MMJ Clinics Open Without Products on Shelves

Medical cannabis clinics are beginning to open their doors in Columbus, Ohio, though the industry’s medical cannabis products aren’t ready and, in fact, haven’t even been planted yet. Instead, businesses have doctors on-site who are meeting with future patients and helping people sign up for Ohio’s new medical cannabis program. “Our goal is to get […]

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Ohio MMJ Market Delayed, Sales Won’t Launch on Sept. 8

Cannabis patients in Ohio won’t have access to medicine by the September 8 deadline for launching the program due to delays in the licensing process for the state’s 25 growers, according to a Cincinnatti.com report. While licenses have been issued, cultivators can’t actually start growing until they have passed inspections with the Ohio Department of Commerce. […]

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Ohio Board of Pharmacy Pushes Back MMJ Dispensary Licensing Meeting

The rollout of Ohio’s medical cannabis industry has been potentially delayed as the state Board of Pharmacy has canceled its meeting to discuss provisional licensing for dispensaries. The meeting, which was planned for today, has been moved to June 4-6. But that’s not the only setback: According to a WLWT5 report, there are just 89 […]

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Ohio Ballot Board Certifies Rec. Cannabis Ballot Initiative

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified the ballot initiative to legalize cannabis for recreational use in the state, the Dayton Daily News reports. The group behind the initiative, Ohio Families for Change, now must collect 305,591 valid signatures from 44 of the state’s 88 counties – and, within each county, the group must collect enough signatures […]

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Ohio AG Approves Cannabis Legalization Proposal Language; Moves to Ballot Board

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has certified that the language for a proposed recreational cannabis ballot initiative is “fair and truthful” – the first step toward putting the issue on the ballot, according to a Cleveland.com report. The proposal moves next to the Ohio Ballot Board which will determine whether the measure is one or […]

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Applications for Physicians to Recommend MMJ Open in Ohio

Physicians in Ohio can now apply to the state to recommend medical cannabis for qualified patients after completing a two-hour course on the subject. The first round of approvals is expected by the State Medical Board on Apr. 11. “Please note that just because physicians have an approved CTR, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program is […]

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Is Ohio’s Medical Cannabis Program Constitutional?

On June 8, 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed the state’s medical cannabis program via § 3796. The bill originally did not have enough votes to pass the House, but Rep. Dan Ramos bargained with minority members and secured enough votes to pass the bill by adding subsection (C) to § 3796.09. Part of subsection (C) requires […]

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Ohio Bill Would Put Hold on and Force MMJ License Review

Legislation introduced in Ohio would prevent the final medical cannabis licenses from being awarded but does not include language to delay the Sept. 8 deadline to roll out the program required by the law, according to a Toledo Blade report. The move comes two days after six medical cannabis applicants sued the state claiming regulators […]

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Six MMJ Cultivator Applicants Sue Ohio

Six medical cannabis cultivator applicants are suing Ohio claiming that regulators didn’t follow their own rules in scoring and awarding the 12 licenses to grow cannabis for the state program, Cleveland.com reports. The lawsuit aims to block the state from awarding the licenses. Among the claims: Scores for at least 14 of the applications were […]

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Ohio MMJ Regulators Get 7 Applications for Private Testing Labs

Seven private companies have applied to test medical cannabis in Ohio, bringing the total number of testing laboratory candidates in the state to nine – along with Hocking Technical College and Central State University. The state’s medical cannabis law originally required testing to be performed by institutes of higher education; however, regulators opened up the […]

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Ohio Receives 104 Applications for 40 Processor Licenses

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has received 104 applications for 40 processor licenses, including 19 of the 24 companies already awarded cultivator licenses, the Dayton Daily News reports. One of the applicants, CannAscend, was rejected for a cultivator license and has since threatened to sue the state. One cultivator applicant, PharmaCann Ohio LLC., has […]

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Cleveland School of Cannabis Receives State Approval

The Cleveland School of Cannabis, formally known as Cleveland Cannabis College, has received approval from the Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools – making them the first school east of Colorado with state-approved career programs. The board approved all four programs by the school – Cannabis Business, Cannabis Horticulture, Medical Applications of Cannabis, and […]

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Rejected Ohio MMJ Applicant Sues State Over Racial Equity Provisions

A would-be medical cannabis cultivator in Ohio is suing the state over the racial-equity provisions included in the licensing process which forced the firm out of contention, Cleveland.com reports. The complaint, filed on behalf of PharmaCann Ohio, LLC, argues the “racial quota” provisions in the state medical cannabis law run afoul of the state Constitution’s […]

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Ohio Advocates Unveil Cannabis Legalization Proposal

Advocates in Ohio have unveiled their proposal to legalize cannabis for adult use, which includes language legalizing industrial hemp cultivation in the state, according to a LEX18 report. In 2015, Ohio voters rejected a legalization proposal in part because many feared that the measure language would create a monopoly in the industry. The new proposal […]

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Ohio Selects Final 12 MMJ Cultivators

Ohio regulators have chosen the final 12 medical cannabis cultivators rounding out the 24 firms approved by the state out of 185 applicants, according to a Business Insider report. The new approvals include 11 large growers are one small cultivator. The large-scale growers – up to 25,000 square feet – had to pay $20,000 just […]

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Cleveland, Ohio Zoning Ordinance Bans MMJ Operations in ‘95%’ of City

The Cleveland, Ohio City Council has approved new zoning requirements ahead of the state implementing the medical cannabis regime that limits the location of dispensaries, and grow, research and production sites, according to a Cleveland.com report. The measure, approved 15-1, will prevent industry operations in about 95 percent of the city. The regulations prohibit medical […]

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Ohio Gubernatorial Hopeful’s Platform Includes Cannabis Law Reforms

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill has entered the state gubernatorial race and is including a cannabis tax-and-regulate plan in his platform, the Associated Press reports. O’Neill indicated his plan would drive more than $200 million in taxes a year for the state. Additionally, O’Neill’s cannabis law reforms would include releasing all non-violent prisoners convicted […]

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Ohio’s Central State University Applies to Test MMJ

Columbus Ohio’s Central State University has applied to operate a medical cannabis testing lab, joining Hocking College as the only two universities to apply to the state by the Sept. 22 deadline, the Dayton Daily News reports. Hocking College, a two-year technical school based in Nelsonville, announced their intent earlier this month. Under Ohio’s medical […]

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Ballot Initiative to Depenalize Misdemeanor Cannabis Crimes Approved in Athens, Ohio

A ballot initiative in Athens, Ohio has been accepted which, if approved, would reduce penalties for misdemeanor cannabis offenses to the lowest penalty allowed by state law, the Athens Post reports. The Athens Cannabis Ordinance (TACO) seeks to remove the 30-day jail sentence and $250 fine associated with low-level cannabis crimes. The ballot approval comes […]

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Hocking College to Apply for Ohio MMJ Testing License, Launch Cannabis Lab Major

Hocking College, a two-year technical school in Nelsonville, Ohio, announced that they intend to serve as a cannabis testing facility as required by the state’s medical cannabis law – and are, so far, the only institute of higher education in the state to make public their interest in the sector. Under state law, cannabis testing […]

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Ohio Awards MMJ Seed-to-Sale and Licensing Contracts

The Ohio Department of Commerce has awarded contracts to two firms as the state rolls out its medical cannabis program – one to a seed-to-sale software and tracking system company, and another to handle “the design, development, and implementation” of cannabis cultivation, processing, and laboratory licenses, Columbus CEO reports. The two contracts total $1.75 million. […]

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