Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control program was established by House Bill 523, effective on September 8, 2016. This measure legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio, and authorizes the Department of Commerce, The state of Ohio Board of Pharmacy, and the State of Ohio Medical Board to promulgate rules, and regulate Medical Marijuana Cultivators, Dispensaries, Producers, Testing Laboratories, and Physicians.
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program will allow people with certain medical conditions, upon the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the State Medical Board, to purchase and use medical marijuana.
The following list of illnesses and diseases have been approved to be treated with Medical Cannabis:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
- Crohn’s disease
- Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
- Hepatitis C
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
- Parkinson’s disease
- Positive status for HIV
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sickle cell anemia
- Spinal cord disease or injury
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury, and
- Ulcerative colitis.
Currently this list of ailments is exhaustive. However the Medical Board is authorized to add new qualifying diseases and is still developing a petition process for citizens to advocate for more qualifying medical conditions.
The application process for provisional Cultivator Licenses has closed. The Department of Commerce separated Cultivator Licenses into two groups; Level I Cultivators are permitted to use up to Twenty-Five Thousand Square Feet (25,000 ft.²) to cultivate marijuana, and Level II Cultivators are permitted up to Three Thousand Square Feet (3,000 ft.²) to cultivate marijuana.
The application process for both Level I and Level II Cultivators is essentially the same. Each applicant must file a comprehensive application form with the Department of Commerce disclosing the identities of all persons possessing an ownership interest in the Marijuana Cultivation business.
In addition to this application, Applicants must also file detailed financial disclosures, zoning compliance documents, financial statements demonstrating sufficient liquid capital, obtain a bond or establish an escrow account, and a comprehensive business plan including an operations and security plan.
The fees for Level I Cultivators are: Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) for the application fee; One Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars ($180,000) for the initial license fee; and Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000) for the annual license renewal.
The fees for Level II Cultivators are: Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000) for the application fee; Eighteen Thousand Dollars ($18,000) for the initial license fee; and Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) for the annual license renewal.
Cultivator Licenses will be scored and ranked anonymously based on their experience in the Marijuana Industry, Business Plan, Operations Plan, Security Plan, and capital resources. The Department of Commerce may award up to 12 Level I cultivator licenses and up to 12 Level II cultivator licenses prior to September 9, 2018. Depending on demand, more Cultivator Licenses may be approved in the future.
Dispensaries, Producers, Laboratories and Physicians
Final rules for Dispensaries, Producers, Laboratories and Physicians have not yet been adopted. Nevertheless, numerous cities, towns, and other municipalities have already established their own local zoning and application process for Dispensaries, Producers, Laboratories and Physicians
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