Ohio Lawmakers Want to Halt MMJ Licensing After Learning Application Scorer’s Past

Ohio Lawmakers Want to Halt MMJ Licensing After Learning Application Scorer's Past

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A growing number of Ohio lawmakers and state officials are calling on the state to put a halt to issuing medical cannabis cultivation licenses after learning that one of the consultants hired to score the applications, Trevor Bozeman, owner of iCann Consulting, was previously convicted on drug charges.

According to Cleveland.com, Bozeman pleaded guilty in 2005 to felony charges of possessing or manufacturing cannabis with intent to sell in the state of Pennsylvania.

Despite the fact that the charges are more than a decade old and only pertain to cannabis, state officials and potential licensees have called for the licensing process to be paused and for an investigation into the matter to be launched.

“The only proper course of action is to freeze the process, and independently review the evaluation and scoring from the ground up,” said Dave Yost, Auditor of State, in a press release. “And the Administration needs to explain how this drug dealer ended up telling the government how to run its fledgling medical marijuana program.”

Despite calls for the licensing process to be halted, the state Department of Commerce so far still intends on moving forward, opening the state up to potential lawsuits. One rejected applicant, CannAscend, has already announced its intentions to sue the state.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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