Hopeful cultivators soon applying for licenses, other rules still pending


Last update: May 15, 2017


Ohio continues the rule-making process for its emerging medical marijuana program. Rules related to cultivation are complete, and applicants seeking licenses to operate cultivation businesses are in the process of getting materials together. Those seeking Level II cultivator licenses have until June 16, while those applying for Level I licenses have until June 30 to submit applications. For the rules, instructions for applicants, timelines, and other key information, visit the state’s online resource for cultivators here.

While applications will soon be accepted for cultivators, the rule making process is far from over. Rules for processors, retailers, and testing labs are still under consideration, with final rules expected in early September, if not sooner. It is likely that the licensing process for other types of businesses will begin in the fall, with a final launch date officially set for September 8, 2018.

MPP had a great Ohio Canna-Business Seminar in February. Thank you to all who joined, and a special thanks to our presenters, all of whom did a great job talking about emerging regulations, best business practices, state and federal law, and many other key issues. For handouts and copies of the PowerPoint presentations, check out the event page here. For an overview of the current law, see our quick summary.

Stay tuned – this is a big year for Ohio’s program, as rules are finalized in the coming months and the application process begins.

Marijuana laws in Ohio


Possession of less than 100 grams (or about 3.5 ounces), giving 20 grams or less of marijuana to another person, or growing less than 100 grams of marijuana are each considered  “minor misdemeanors,” punishable by a maximum fine of $150. A minor misdemeanor is not a “jailable” offense, but a person’s driver’s license can be suspended for a period ranging from six months to five years.

While Ohio’s marijuana penalties are less draconian than its neighbors, law enforcement officers are still wasting valuable time and resources. In 2012, Ohio officers arrested or cited 14,374 people for marijuana-related offenses, 94% of which were for possession only. At the same time, 91.6% of all reported burglaries — including home invasions — and 90% of all motor vehicle thefts went unsolved. Let your legislators know it’s time law enforcement stopped wasting time punishing adults for choosing a safer alternative to alcohol.

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