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 business license applications, according to the Portland Press Herald and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

CannAscend – an Ohio MMJ cultivation company that didn’t win one of the state’s 24 business licenses – revealed that Bozeman had a 12-year-old felony conviction and said the application scoring process should be reviewed, according to the Plain Dealer.

Meanwhile, Ohio’s lieutenant governor said no more licenses should be awarded until it’s determined how Bozeman was allowed to become a judge, and a state senator said the licensing process should be redone without Bozeman.

At issue is Bozeman’s felony drug conviction in 2005, according to the newspapers.

As a 21-year-old college student in Pennsylvania, Bozeman was arrested with roughly seven ounces of marijuana. He pleaded guilty to one federal count of manufacturing, delivering and possessing marijuana, paid a $2,100 fine and served three years of probation.

He later joined the cannabis industry in his native Maine, where he is a lab manager at Canuvo, a licensed dispensary.

Ohio regulators are standing by Bozeman, as is Canuvo co-owner Glenn Peterson, who hired Bozeman.

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2 comments on “Move afoot to review Ohio’s medical marijuana business licensing process
  1. Kelley Mottola on

    How can Ohioans have confidence in this program? All applicants were required to have background checks and fingerprints, but the ones scoring the applicants did not? You can’t require people to follow all the rules if the state can’t even follow them. This is a definite problem and for Ohio to not be acknowledging it other than they do not feel this in any way jeopardizes the program is absolutely absurd. People spent thousands of dollars to apply for these licenses that took over 5 months to score and the state doesn’t seem to care. Many people are suffering as they wait for this to be legally available and the state doesn’t seem to care about them either.
    This is all about money and getting themselves, friends, or colleagues a piece of the pie. It has nothing to do with a fair legal process and if it was we wouldn’t have to fork out $10,000 or more to apply (for license fee’s, attorney fees, and if holding a location), there would have been more than 3 outside consultants reviewing the applications, and the process wouldn’t take 2 years to implement. And if there were only 3 outside consultants reviewing and they discussed to come up with a score, how does that comply with the process that was suppose to be performed per the application instructions? They should have scored a section and then took the average of the scores given, not discussed what the score should be? Many issues to say the least and very unfortunate for a lot of people.

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