Ohio Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Potential recreational cannabis ballot measure in Ohio hits snag

One of two campaigns that may wind up competing for votes in an upcoming Ohio election has run into a procedural problem with the state’s electoral bureaucracy. The campaign – spearheaded by Ohio Families for Change – is attempting to put a ballot measure before voters to legalize recreational cannabis. But its measure was rejected […]

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Ohio medical marijuana businesses unlikely to meet opening deadline

Many of Ohio’s medical cannabis dispensaries, product manufacturers and cultivation facilities will not be up and running by the Sept. 8 deadline mandated by state law, as state regulators seek to lower expectations for the MMJ program’s rollout. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, state regulators said during Thursday’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee meeting that […]

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Ohio now facing third lawsuit over medical cannabis licensing

At least three lawsuits have been filed against the state of Ohio by eight medical marijuana companies related to MMJ cultivation permits. In the latest suit, Ohio ReLeaf claims the Department of Commerce has not commenced appeals hearings on grow licenses and has not responded in a timely fashion to open-records-act requests from the company, […]

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New lawsuit filed over Ohio cannabis cultivation licenses

Six companies that lost out in November when Ohio awarded 24 medical marijuana cultivation permits have filed suit against the state’s Department of Commerce over what they allege was a “flawed scoring process.” According to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, the six plaintiff companies are asking a judge to prevent the state from granting 12 large-scale […]

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Ohio may award extra medical marijuana cultivation license

The Ohio Department of Commerce is weighing the addition of a 25th medical marijuana cultivation business permit to the 24 it’s already handed out. According to WOSU Public Media, the department admitted in a letter to state Auditor Dave Yost that errors in the MMJ grow application scoring system led to the exclusion of one […]

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‘Critical flaw’ found in Ohio’s medical cannabis grow license scoring process

Ohio’s state auditor has found a “critical flaw” in the process used by the Ohio Department of Commerce to score business applications for a limited number of medical marijuana cultivation licenses. According to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Auditor Dave Yost said at least two Commerce Department employees had essentially unlimited access to the applications. That […]

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Ohio awards contract for medical marijuana customer call center

In what’s believed to be a first for the U.S. medical marijuana industry, Ohio regulators have awarded a contract to a private company for an MMJ patient call center. The three-year contract went to Direct Success, an Ohio-based company that has two subsidiaries working in the ancillary cannabis field. The contract is worth $1.1 million, […]

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Ohio medical cannabis cultivation licensees vie for processing permits

Ohio regulators announced that 104 applicants have applied for 40 available medical marijuana processor licenses. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that at least 22 of those applicants are businesses that have already secured cultivation licenses. Here’s what you need to know: Ohio’s medical marijuana program allows for companies to be vertically integrated and possess retail, […]

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Week in Review: CBD’s global nod, Ohio MMJ developments & Denver social use

An international health organization determines that CBD shouldn’t be a scheduled drug, Denver sees its first applicant for a public consumption club, and Ohio’s medical marijuana licensing process comes under fire. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Big CBD endorsement CBD got its most important […]

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Ohio medical marijuana license applicant sues state over ‘racial quota’

A multistate medical marijuana company that lost out in the race for one of a dozen large-scale MMJ cultivation licenses in Ohio is suing the state over what it claims is an unfair “racial quota.” According to The Plain Dealer, PharmaCann Ohio is asking a state court to order that the 12 available large cultivation […]

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Second Ohio medical cannabis consultant draws scrutiny

The system for awarding the precious few medical cannabis cultivation licenses in Ohio was already under the microscope after the revelation that a judge had a felony drug conviction. And now it’s come to light that a second consultant involved in scoring MMJ grow applications has ties to one of the permit winners. Keoki Wing, who was […]

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