Delays announced as September deadline approaches


Last update: July 30, 2018


Ohio continues the rollout process for its emerging medical marijuana program, but now the program launch is expected to be delayed past the statutory September 8 deadline. The state has announced license winners from all three categories, including cultivators, processors, and retail stores. But the long grading process and lawsuits following the announcements have resulted in delays in the program timeline. No expected launch date has yet been announced, although some cultivators have been given permission to begin growing medical cannabis.

Earlier this year, the state announced that doctors may start the process of registering to participate in the program – a necessary step before doctors can make recommendations to patients. Some are concerned the additional burden placed on doctors may limit participation to those who specialize in cannabis.

For the latest information on the application process, including access to forms and timelines, check out Ohio’s medical marijuana program website. And 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 and the rollout process continues.

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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