Ohio issues applications for medical cannabis growers

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Prospective medical marijuana growers can start applying for a license in Ohio now that the state has begun issuing applications for one of 24 available MMJ cultivation permits.

The Ohio Department of Commerce plans to issue up to 12 licenses for large grows totaling as much as 25,000 square feet of growing space and another dozen for small grows ranging up to 3,000 square feet.

Applicants will be required to meet capital requirements and secure local zoning approval for the proposed cultivation site, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

Applicants who meet the first round of qualifications will be evaluated based on how they plan to cultivate and label medical marijuana, secure the cultivation facility and fund operating expenses, according to the Plain Dealer.

Small-grow applications will be accepted June 5-16. Those for large grow will be accepted June 19-30. It’s not yet known when the licenses will be awarded, but the program must be up and running by September 2018 under state law.

Applicants should bring a paper and electronic copy of their applications along with a nonrefundable fee of $20,000 for a large grow and $2,000 for a small one to the commerce department’s Columbus office in the form of a money order or certified check.

Successful applicants will pay an annual fee of $200,000 for a large grow license and $20,000 for the small permit.