Ohio Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

‘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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Ohio recreational marijuana campaign unveiled for 2018

A new statewide ballot measure campaign will take a second stab at legalizing recreational marijuana in Ohio. According to a news release from Ian James – a key player in the ill-fated 2015 ResponsibleOhio legalization campaign – a statewide ballot issue push is underway. The drive will be spearheaded by Jimmy Gould, founder and chairman of […]

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Move afoot to review Ohio’s medical marijuana business licensing process

One of Ohio’s medical cannabis companies and some state lawmakers are calling for an investigation into how MMJ cultivation license applications were scored after it was revealed one of the judges had a felony drug conviction. As the owner of one-man firm iCann Consulting, Trevor Bozeman won part of a $150,000 state contract in June to score MMJ […]

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Ohio licenses 12 large medical marijuana cultivators

Ohio’s medical marijuana program just turned a corner as it moves toward a September launch. The state’s MMJ production capacity ballooned Thursday when regulators licensed 12 large growers for up to 25,000 square feet of growing space each: Buckeye Relief (Eastlake) Grow Ohio Pharmaceuticals (Newton Township) OPC Cultivation (Huron) Riviera Creek Holdings (Youngstown) Pure Ohio Wellness (Springfield) […]

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New US 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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