Ohio Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Ohio issues applications for medical cannabis growers

Bart Schaneman  | April 25, 2017

Prospective medical marijuana growers can start applying for a license in Ohio now that the state has begun issuing applications for one of 24 available MMJ cultivation permits.

The Ohio Department of Commerce plans to issue up to 12 licenses for large grows totaling as much as 25,000 square feet of growing space and another …

Regulations finalized for Ohio medical cannabis growers

Bart Schaneman  | April 18, 2017

A panel of Ohio lawmakers signed off on final rules governing the state’s new medical marijuana cultivators, approving 24 licensed sites that will carry hefty fees.

The cultivator rules, which also spell out application and license fees for MMJ dispensaries, product processors and testing labs, passed the Ohio Legislature’s Joint Committee on Agency …

Ohio to accept medical cannabis grower applications in June

Bart Schaneman  | April 10, 2017

Ohio regulators will begin taking applications for the state’s 24 available cultivation licenses in June and review them in July.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, winning applicants will have nine months to meet the program’s requirements. It’s not clear when regulators will choose the winning companies.

The Ohio Department of Commerce …

Week in Review: Pro-cannabis bills in Congress, Canada rec legalization & Ohio’s testing plans

Bart Schaneman  | March 31, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Federal lawmakers introduce a slew of pro-marijuana bills, Canada eyes legalizing adult-use cannabis by July 2018, and concerns crop up over a little-known provision in Ohio’s MMJ law.

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

Chart: 8 new marijuana markets slated to launch in 2018

Eli McVey  | March 27, 2017

By Eli McVey

Get ready for the next iteration of the green rush.

The marijuana industry is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in 2018, when at least eight of the 11 states that passed significant medical or recreational cannabis measures last year are expected to start sales.

Testing rule worries Ohio medical marijuana advocates

Omar Sacirbey  | March 24, 2017

Medical marijuana advocates in Ohio are concerned a little-known rule that stipulates who can test cannabis products could delay the launch of the program.

Under the state’s MMJ law, private laboratories will not be allowed to test medical cannabis for the first year of the program, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Instead, the state’s public universities …

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 …