Ohio finalizes rules for medical cannabis program

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Ohio regulators have established rules for a strictly regulated medical marijuana program, though it will have room to grow after it launches in September 2018.

As many as 60 dispensaries will be licensed, up from the initial 40, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Applicants for those licenses will fork over $5,000 to apply, and licensing fees will cost $70,000 every other year, according to the newspaper.

Up to 40 processors will be licensed to create cannabis oils, patches, topical lotions, capsules and edibles. Initial application fees for processors will be $10,000, and the license winners will pay $90,000, with an annual renewable cost of $100,000, the Plain Dealer reported.

The rules don’t allow for home cultivation or smoking cannabis. The 21 treatable medical conditions were left as initially proposed.

More licenses can be added after Sept. 8, 2018, depending on demand.

Grower, processor and dispensary license holders must include detailed operational, financial and security plans.

The Plain Dealer noted that, similar to the cultivation rules, regulations for dispensary and processor licenses didn’t change much from when they were originally proposed.