Ohio Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Medical marijuana businesses see silver lining in White House comments on cannabis

Omar Sacirbey  | February 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical marijuana companies are finding solace in comments from the White House last week indicating the federal government might crack down on recreational cannabis but leave the $2 billion MMJ industry alone.

“It is good news for medical marijuana,” said Alex Ford of the Grassroots Vermont dispensary.

New Market: Ohio medical cannabis program set to be big, but license rules could curb growth

Bart Schaneman  | February 16, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Ohio’s medical cannabis program is expected to be large, generating upwards of $400 million in annual dispensary sales.

But possibly stringent regulations governing the number of dispensary licenses could limit patient access and curb the industry's growth potential, industry officials said.

Week in Review: Contaminated medical cannabis, CO workplace safety & Ohio’s tech search

Bart Schaneman  | February 10, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Tainted medical cannabis is suspected in a California cancer patient’s death, Colorado creates a workplace-safety guide, and Ohio is in the market for a seed-to-sale tracking system.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Ohio seeks seed-to-sale system for medical cannabis program

Bart Schaneman  | February 7, 2017

Ohio is seeking a company to develop and implement a seed-to-sale tracking system for the state’s new medical marijuana industry.

The software platform would track the medical cannabis supply chain, everything from cultivation and transportation to dispensary inventories and sales, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Ohio’s MMJ program is expected to be large, generating …

Week in Review: Connecticut MMJ research bodes well, OH docs hesitant & Maine rec is a go

Bart Schaneman  | December 23, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Connecticut research could benefit the entire medical cannabis industry, a survey shows most Ohio physicians won’t write MMJ recommendations, and Maine’s adult-use program is a go after recount is halted.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Week in Review: Canada’s cannabis guidelines, Ohio’s dispensary rules & MJ’s big week in DC

Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey  | December 16, 2016

By Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

A task force makes recommendations for how the Canadian government should legalize recreational marijuana, Ohio writes draft rules for MMJ dispensaries, and cannabis has a big week in Washington DC.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Draft Ohio cultivation rules: 18 licenses, huge fees

Bart Schaneman  | November 1, 2016

As many as 18 licenses would be available for medical marijuana growers in Ohio under proposed rules released by the state.

The draft regulations suggest two types of cultivation licenses: one for grows up to 15,000 square feet, and another for those totaling no more than 1,600 square feet. The state would award a dozen …

Poll: Majority of Americans favor rec marijuana legalization

Bart Schaneman  | October 12, 2016

As five states prepare to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in November, a new Pew Research Center poll shows the majority of Americans favor legalization.

According to Pew, 57% of Americans say marijuana should be legal, with 37% opposed. Ten years ago the numbers were flipped, with 60% saying it should be illegal and …

Legalization foes appointed to Ohio medical marijuana board

Omar Sacirbey  | October 11, 2016

Two opponents of medical marijuana legalization have been appointed to a new Ohio medical marijuana advisory committee, raising concerns among MMJ advocates that the panel may be biased.

Both new members are top officials with the Drug Free Action Alliance, executive director Marcie Seidel, and assistant director Tony Coder. Their job will be …