Ohio Medical Marijuana Program
Ohio became the 25th state to adopt a medical marijuana law. Established on September 8, 2016, House Bill 523 will allow seriously ill patients to use and purchase medical cannabis that will be cultivated and processed in-state.
Ohio’s qualifying medical conditions include Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, CTE, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and several other chronic conditions or injuries.
There will be Ohio licenses awarded for cultivation, processing, dispensing and laboratories in Ohio. For the most up to date information on Ohio rules and regulations visit the medical marijuana rules & regulations page on Ohio.gov
How to Start a Medical Marijuana Business in Ohio
Ohio promises to be an extremely robust and competitive market. In order to secure an Ohio medical marijuana license, it is best to get started immediately. Here are the items that will require research and planning, in order to assemble and submit a competitive application in Ohio:
- Team: The talent you engage for your organization will be an important component regulators will consider as they review your application.
- Capitalization: In order for a Medical Cannabis business to succeed, your business must have access to a significant amount of funding. It is a common misconception that cannabis businesses will generate enough revenue at inception to negate the need for substantial funding.
- Organization: In addition to intensive scrutiny of team members and financing, regulators will look to license cannabis businesses who submit well-structured applications, which include: comprehensive business plans, detailed organization charts, compliant facility design, built-out security plans, sophisticated financial models in addition to other specialized information about your business.
The Office of Compassionate Use is charged with writing and implementing rules for medical cannabis. The creation of a regulatory structure for Amendment 2 is still in process. Fore more information, refer to the Floridahealth.gov website.
May 6, 2017
Cultivator rules adopted.
September 8, 2017
Processor rules adopted, testing laboratory rules adopted, dispensary rules adopted, patient/caregiver rules adopted, physician certificate to recommend rules adopted, Ohio Medical Marijuana Program adopted.
Ohio rule adoption and program implementation may occur earlier than the dates specified in this timeline.