In November of 2017, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced large cultivators and small growers that will be allowed to grow medical marijuana in the State of Ohio. This final list completes the 24 authorized companies under the new medical marijuana system that is set to go live by September 2018.
Up to 24 licenses — 12 for large growers, 12 for small growers — were made available, but it was not an easy road. Ohio has some of the highest licensing fees in the country. Larger growers (Level II cultivator provisional license recipients) must pay the $20,000 application fee and a $180,000 license fee, while smaller operations (Level I cultivator provisional license recipients) pay a $2,000 application fee and an $18,000 application fee. Both also require hefty annual renewal fees.
That doesn’t seem to be the only issue for Ohio growers. It is estimated the medical marijuana patient population could range from 185,000 – 325,000 people. With an estimated growing space of 336,000 square feet, many growers and patient advocates are raising concerns that is not enough space to produce an adequate crop. State law also requires the facilities to be at least 500 feet from schools, churches, public parks, playgrounds and libraries, limiting growing and cultivation space.
Level I cultivator provisional license recipients:
Level II cultivator provisional license recipients:
One of the major Level II licensed facilities is Arizona-based Harvest, Inc., which has licenses in five states and was given a license for its Cleveland location. CEO Steve White said “Take marijuana out of the equation completely and imagine a facility that provides an ingredient to medical products. That is what you would see,” he said.
White stated that the company has invested millions of dollars in the facility, and will create hundreds of jobs for the City of Cleveland. Describing the facility as a factory, he also stated the facilities reduce crime and will be highly secured and closed to the public.
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