Ohio medical marijuana growers face licensing delay

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Ohio regulators don’t expect to issue the state’s first medical marijuana cultivator licenses until around November, at least a month later than growers expected.

The new timeline could delay the startup of the state’s MMJ program beyond the planned September 2018 launch date, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

The state Department of Commerce’s announcement Thursday immediately drew concern from the National Cannabis Industry Association of Ohio.

The association president said Ohio cultivators will face difficulties getting the necessary local zoning approvals under the adjusted timeline.

The growers association had anticipated cultivators having about a year before the September 2018 deadline to ramp up their operations and produce their first crop.

The state received 185 applications for 24 cultivator licenses in June.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Control officials say they never estimated a date for scoring submissions and awarding licenses, so winners may know sooner.

– Associated Press