Ohio to strip license from medical cannabis grower

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Ohio plans to revoke the license of a medical marijuana cultivator that has made little progress in building its facility in Toledo.

The business, OhiGrow, which won a Level 2 small cultivator license, could appeal, according to Columbus Business First.

“We found them to be generally nonresponsive,” Mark Hamlin, senior policy advisor at the Ohio Department of Commerce, reportedly told the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee at its monthly meeting Thursday.

OhiGrow bought its Toledo site for $290,000 on April 23, according to Lucas County property records.

Its owner, Carl Boyar of Illinois, also is listed as an owner in FloraMedex, a large medical marijuana dispensary in suburban Chicago.

OhiGrow didn’t respond to an email from Columbus Business First requesting comment.

Ohio has issued 25 provisional cultivation licenses, but less than a third have received certificates of operation. On Friday, Cresco Labs became the seventh cultivator to receive the green light.

The state’s first grower started planting marijuana seeds last month, meaning the launch of the state’s MMJ program is still months away.

Ohio has already missed its mandated Sept. 8 program launch date.