An Ohio medical marijuana grower filed a lawsuit against state regulators alleging that government overseers have been hamstringing the MMJ program’s growth, despite clear demand for more business services.
The agency notified Fire Rock in June that it was taking no action on the application, which led the company to sue on the grounds that the department has a clear responsibility to act one way or the other on the application.
The department is “attempting to confound an otherwise clear and unambiguous administrative code section in an effort to block any further expansion of the Ohio medical marijuana program,” Fire Rock asserted in its lawsuit.
“Colloquially, this is referred to as ‘punting’ on the actual issue presented,” according to the filing.
The situation has led many Ohio medical marijuana patients to buy their cannabis in Michigan, a nearby source of adult-use MJ products.