Prospective cannabis business licensees continue application process


Last update: September 18, 2017


Ohio continues the roll-out process for its emerging medical marijuana program, which is expected to be operational by September 8, 2018. Dozens of applicants for the state’s two types of cultivation licenses submitted materials in June of this year, and a decision is expected by state regulators in November. The state is planning to allow a total of 24 cultivation licensees to operate.

In addition, the state finalized rules for the other types of licensees – processors and dispensaries – in early September, and it is expected to begin accepting applications soon. Under state law, the program must be up and running by September 8, 2018.

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 application 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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