Ohio Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Ohio to strip license from medical cannabis grower

Ohio plans to revoke the license of a medical marijuana cultivator that has made little progress in building its facility in Toledo. The business, OhiGrow, which won a Level 2 small cultivator license, could appeal, according to Columbus Business First. “We found them to be generally nonresponsive,” Mark Hamlin, senior policy advisor at the Ohio Department […]

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State auditor calls Ohio’s marijuana cultivation application process sloppy

Ohio’s auditor said the state’s process for selecting medical marijuana grower applicants suffered from numerous errors and inconsistencies. Auditor David Yost said the Department of Commerce exceeded its legal authority when it awarded two additional licenses to cultivators and found weaknesses in how the agency protected passwords, system folders and summary scoring sheets. Yost, a Republican […]

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As expected, Ohio misses deadline for medical marijuana rollout

Ohio blew past Saturday’s deadline for rolling out its potential $400 million medical cannabis program, but many in the industry are confident better days are coming soon. It’s not uncommon for state marijuana programs to be delayed, sometimes for years, by legal, regulatory or logistical snags, said Tom Rosenberger, executive director of the National Cannabis […]

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Week in Review: Ohio’s odd ban on CBD sales, California acts on illicit firms & Nevada MJ market sizzles

Ohio bans CBD sales outside of marijuana stores – which aren’t even open yet – California regulators take legal action against two unlicensed MJ businesses, and the Nevada cannabis market tops half a billion dollars in sales during its first year.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week.

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Ohio licenses two processors, two testing labs in medical cannabis buildup

In a move to ramp up Ohio’s medical marijuana program, state regulators have issued provisional licenses to two additional cannabis processors and two more testing labs. The licenses bring the total number of processors to nine, with four more applications in progress, according to state officials. There are now four authorized testing labs. Ohio legalized […]

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Ohio growers plant the seeds for medical cannabis launch

Newly licensed cultivators in Ohio just started putting seeds in the ground, providing additional proof that a launch to the state’s medical marijuana program is still months away. Buckeye Relief, one of three cultivators that have been given the green light to start growing, told The Enquirer of Cincinnati that it planted its first seeds on […]

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Week in Review: New Ohio processing licenses, CA marijuana black market & Florida judge nixes MMJ business cap

Ohio awards provisional medical marijuana processing licenses, a cannabis consumer survey in California confirms licensed MJ businesses are losing market share to illicit operators, and a Florida judge says a state law restricting the number of MMJ businesses runs afoul of a voter-approved constitutional amendment. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the […]

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CEO of multistate medical marijuana operator Green Thumb steps down

Peter Kadens, one of the more notable names in the U.S. cannabis industry, has stepped down as CEO of multistate medical marijuana company Green Thumb Industries (GTI). The 40-year-old entrepreneur, who will stay with Chicago-based GTI as a board member, told MassLive.com he was stepping down for personal and family reasons. Ben Kovler, who founded […]

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Ohio awards seven provisional medical cannabis processing licenses

Ohio regulators on Friday awarded seven provisional medical marijuana processing licenses, and six more potential licensees are pending tax and background checks. The state, which received 104 processing applications, is allowed to award up to 40 provisional licenses. The processing licenses move the state “over one of the final hurdles to getting the program fully operational,” […]

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Community outreach helping cannabis companies gain edge on rivals, attract customers

Marijuana businesses nationwide are finding they can reap generous rewards from giving back to their local communities.

Being a good corporate citizen can make it easier for marijuana businesses to work with regulators and local officials, stand out from competitors and attract new customers and high-quality employees, according to industry executives and experts on corporate giving.

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Fully operational Ohio medical marijuana market many months away

Ohio is deferring the launch of its medical marijuana patient registry because of delays in getting the MMJ market off the ground. The deferral indicates that state officials believe a fully operational medical marijuana market, initially set to launch Sept. 8, could take a number of more months. The delay is related to Ohio’s affirmative […]

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