Ohio’s medical marijuana industry recently took a giant step towards becoming operational by awarding a dozen “Level II” large-scale grower licenses. All told, the growers will cover up to about 25,000 sq ft of growing space in the state.
The state regulators have spent the last year formulating and establishing the guidelines for the restrictive program. 185 applications were received by the department; 109 Tier I and 76 Tier II. Many did not make the cut.
According to Cleveland.com, “members of and advisers to the winning companies include Cleveland businessman Andy Rayburn (Buckeye Relief), Columbus developer Bill Schottenstein (Pure Ohio Wellness), Gov. John Kasich’s former spokesman Chris Schrimpf (Cresco Labs) and investors in Ohio’s 2015 failed marijuana legalization campaign Chris Stock and Brian Kessler (Riviera Creek Holdings),” according to records released by the commerce department.
CannAscend, one of the leading cannabis companies in the state, is challenging the outcomes. Founders Jimmy Gould and Ian James headed up the state’s 2015 marijuana legalization initiative, tagged Responsible Ohio. “There were significant problems in the course of processing the applications,” Gould stated in a news release, claiming several critical flaws were discovered by their legal experts, and that more may yet be uncovered.
All license winners are now under a probation period of 9 months within which they will need to become fully compliant with state laws and regulations. A series of inspection will be carried by the state after which a certificate of operation will be awarded.
11 companies were selected for “Level II” licenses in early November. A 12th license was awarded to Farkas Farms LLC in Grafton this past Thursday.
Below is a list of the businesses awarded licenses by state regulators along with their respective “points:”
Buckeye Relief LLC in Eastlake with 179.28 points Grow Ohio Pharmaceuticals