COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 22, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – The following statement may be attributed to Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding legislation sponsored by Sen. Bill Coley, R-Cincinnati, on oversight of the state’s medical marijuana program:
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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 marijuana 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.
COLUMBUS, Oct. 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Beginning on October 30, 2017 at 9:00am, and ending on November 3, 2017 at 5:00pm, interested parties may submit questions regarding the Testing Laboratory application. Answers to questions received during this period will be posted on the MMCP website on November 9, 2017.
On Oct. 19, 2017, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program and the Department of Commerce announced that the application for prospective cannabis processors is now available, with the application period running from Dec. 4 to Dec. 15.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 22, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Department of Commerce today announced that Metrc, a Franwell company, has been selected as the vendor for the Medical Marijuana Control Program’s seed-to-sale system.
On Aug. 4, 2017, CCV Research, an Ohio-based medical marijuana testing company, announced that it had reached an agreement with a state college to test medical marijuana.
On July 24, 2017, the Ohio Department of Commerce and State Board of Pharmacy formally requested that the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program receive a substantial budget increase. With the Ohio Controlling Board approving the request, the program will receive a budget increase of $6 million over the next two years.
With Ohio’s cultivation application period having closed at the end of June, the state has made quick turnaround time to release information on cultivation applicants.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Department of Commerce has finished accepting applications for Level I and Level II Cultivator licenses. Level I cultivators will be permitted to operate an initial marijuana cultivation area up to 25,000 square feet. Level II cultivators will be permitted to operate an initial marijuana cultivation area of 3,000 square feet. Licensees may submit an expansion request pursuant to the cultivator rules.
On March 13, 2017, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced that it is in search of a contractor with experience in the legal marijuana industry to create a rubric to score applicants for medical marijuana business licenses.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Ohio Department of Commerce is looking for expertise and is requesting information around the development of a scoring system (“Rubric”) and application review process for the evaluation of applicants for licenses to cultivate medical marijuana, to process medical marijuana, and to function as a testing laboratory for medical marijuana.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb. 17, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — In a unanimous vote, the Marijuana Control Board determined the CBD (cannabidiol) oil seized last week by the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) to be marijuana product, except that which is labeled as made exclusively from seeds and that does not also include the term “CBD.
On Jan. 27, 2017, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the Ohio Department of Commerce announced another round of proposed rules for the state’s medical marijuana program. In this round, regulators tackled rules for medical marijuana processors, patients and caregivers.
Franklin announced her resignation to members of the Alcohol and Marijuana control boards on Wednesday afternoon, in an email forwarded to Alaska Dispatch News.
On Nov. 2, 2016, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee released the draft rules for would-be medical marijuana cultivators. If approved, Ohio would have one of the most expensive medical marijuana licensing fees in the country.
On Aug. 22, 2016, the Ohio Controlling Board, a bipartisan panel that handles adjustments to the state budget, voted to transfer $1.8 million from the Emergency Purposes Fund to the Medical Marijuana Control Program Fund, as requested by the Ohio Office of Budget and Management.
Two of the state agencies responsible for the regulation of Ohio’s medical marijuana program will need $1.8 million in funding to get the program up and running.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Commerce is looking to hire an expert in growing marijuana to help write the rules for future Ohio medical marijuana cultivators.
With the signature of Gov. John Kasich on June 7, 2016, Ohio officially became the 25th medical marijuana state in the country. The announcement was made without a signing ceremony or statements, just a simple press release detailing a series of bills the governor had signed.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Late on Wednesday night, the Ohio Legislature passed a medical cannabis (marijuana) bill, HB 523, which would create a system of retail distribution in the state. The bill passed by a vote of 18-15 in the Senate, followed shortly by a 67-28 vote in the House.