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Ohio

Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes

Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: No

2018 Medical Sales : $21,000,000

2022 Projected Medical Sales : $298,000,000

2018 Adult Use Sales : N/A

2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : N/A

Noteworthy Information: 
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Authorized businesses are allowed to expand home delivery without written approval.}}

Ohio’s medical marijuana program became law in June 2016. Since legalization, the state has been releasing regulations and the cannabis committee has been meeting. Smoking and combustion are not allowed but oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles and patches are permitted. The amount of medical marijuana possessed by a registered patient or caregiver must not exceed a 90-day supply. The first medical marijuana dispensary may open as early as January 2019. The industry may be unable to provide a full supply of products at all licensed locations until later in 2019.

Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Yes (Ohio Department of Commerce and Board of Pharmacy. The Department of Commerce will oversee growers, processors, and labs. The Board of Pharmacy will oversee dispensaries.)

# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): 60 (57 provisionals issued)

# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): Number allowed will be up to the Department of Commerce; current rules allow for 24 (12 for large grows of up to 25,000 square feet of cultivation area and 12 for small grows of up to 3,000 square feet of cultivation area) (29 provisionals issued)

# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): 40 (14 provisionals issued)

# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): There is currently no limit (5 provisionals issued)

Geographic Distribution of Licenses: The state is divided into 31 districts, with each district containing a maximum number of dispensary licenses that can be awarded.

Application Fee: 
(All non-refundable)
The application fee for a dispensary license is $5,000
The application fee for a cultivation license is $2,000 or $20,000 (depending on size, see above)
The application fee for a processor is $10,000
The application fee for a testing laboratory is $2,000
The application fee for a dispensary key employee is $250
The application fee for a dispensary support employee is $100
The non-refundable advertising approval fee is $100 per advertisement

Licensing Fees: 

The cultivation certificate of operation fee is $20,000 or $200,000 (depending on size)
The processor certificate of operation fee is $90,000 
The processor annual license renewal fee is $100,000
The certificate of operation fee for a laboratory is $18,000
The laboratory annual license renewal fee is $20,000.
The dispensary certificate of operation fee is $70,000
The biennial renewal fee for a dispensary license is $70,000
The biennial renewal fee for a dispensary associated key employee card is $500
The biennial renewal fee for a dispensary key employee card is $250
The biennial renewal fee for a dispensary support employee card is $100
The fee for a reissued dispensary certificate of operation or employee identification card is $50
The fee for a change in ownership is $5,000
The fee for a relocation is $5,000
The fee for a major modification or renovation is $5,000

Residency Requirements: 
None currently known

Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited: 
Appears to be allowed, with some limitations, such as regarding horizontal integrations.

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions: 
(1) Acquired immune deficiency syndrome;
(2) Alzheimer’s disease;
(3) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;
(4) Cancer;
(5) Chronic traumatic encephalopathy;
(6) Crohn’s disease;
(7) Epilepsy or another seizure disorder;
(8) Fibromyalgia;
(9) Glaucoma;
(10) Hepatitis C;
(11) Inflammatory bowel disease;
(12) Multiple sclerosis;
(13) Pain that is either Chronic and severe, or Intractable;
(14) Parkinson’s disease;
(15) Positive status for HIV;
(16) Post-traumatic stress disorder;
(17) Sickle cell anemia;
(18) Spinal cord disease or injury;
(19) Tourette’s syndrome;
(20) Traumatic brain injury;
(21) Ulcerative colitis;

Testing Required: 
Yes

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