Ohio Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Ohio Medical Marijuana Business News

New U.S. medical marijuana markets – one year later

If it was a big year for recreational marijuana in 2016, then it was a huge one for medical marijuana.

Voters or state legislatures in 11 states – Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – approved or advanced medical cannabis measures.

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Almost 400 apply for Ohio’s medical marijuana dispensary licenses

Ohio regulators are sorting through 370 applications for business licenses to open medical cannabis dispensaries. Now that the deadline for applications has passed, the state’s Board of Pharmacy must begin the task of finding the best candidates, the Toledo Blade reported. Here’s what you need to know: Ohio planned to award up to 60 dispensary licenses […]

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Ohio awards 11 medical marijuana cultivation licenses

Ohio handed out its first 11 cultivation licenses for the state’s fledgling medical marijuana program, but it could be months before the first crops are planted. All the licenses awarded Friday were so-called Level II permits given to smaller growers who are allowed to cultivate up to 3,000 square feet. That’s a small portion of the […]

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Cleveland nixes 95% of real estate for medical cannabis businesses

Only about 5% of land in Cleveland would be eligible for medical cannabis businesses to set up shop under a new and highly restrictive ordinance approved by the city council this week. The ordinance – approved on a 15-1 vote by the council – leaves precious little space in one of Ohio’s biggest cities for […]

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Chart: 42% of marijuana business owners plan to expand into new markets

By Eli McVey Over 40% of cannabis business owners are planning to take their companies into a new market within the next year, according to a Marijuana Business Daily survey. Of the business owners intending to expand, the vast majority have identified opportunities in both the medical and recreational markets.

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Out-of-state companies making a run for Ohio’s medical marijuana licenses

By Bart Schaneman Out-of-state medical cannabis companies are jumping into the nascent Ohio market because the state lacks a residency requirement for business owners. While a majority of the applicants are listed as Ohio-based companies, at least a dozen either have an out-of-state business address or are connected to companies based elsewhere.

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Second Ohio college steps forward to test medical marijuana

A second college in Ohio has put its name on the list to test medical marijuana. Central State University – a historically black college in Wilberforce, Ohio – has joined Hocking College in Nelsonville in applying for a permit to test cannabis for the state’s developing program, according to radio station WOSU. Central State is […]

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Ohio to begin taking medical cannabis dispensary applications

Ohio regulators will soon be taking applications for the 60 medical marijuana dispensary licenses up for grabs in the state. Prospective dispensary owners will have a two-week window – Nov. 3-Nov. 17 – to submit their applications, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Each applicant will pay a $5,000 fee. License winners will fork out a $70,000 operating […]

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Ohio college steps forward to test medical cannabis

An Ohio technical college has thrown its hat into the ring to help test cannabis for the state’s medical marijuana program. Hocking College – located in Nelsonville, about a one-hour drive from the Ohio Statehouse – said Tuesday its “goal is to partner with the state” under legislation requiring that public colleges and or universities […]

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Franwell wins contract for Ohio’s medical cannabis program

Ohio medical marijuana regulators have chosen two vendors to develop the state’s seed-to-sale and online licensing systems. The Ohio Department of Commerce awarded a $1.3 million contract to Franwell for its Marijuana Enforcement, Reporting, Tracking and Compliance (METRC) seed-to-sale system. METRC is used in several cannabis states, including California. Persistent Systems won a $574,000 contract to design […]

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