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STATE OF OHIO

The state’s medical marijuana program is not going to be ready for patients on the projected start date on Sept. 8th and there’s no clear idea on when it will begin.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONTROL PROGRAM

There was bad news for some of those challenging the process behind the state’s medical marijuana program, but that’s good news for its future.

Ohio’s medical marijuana process can continue but hearings on complaints by applicants who were not awarded one of 25 growing licenses must be conducted by the state quickly. That’s the ruling from two Franklin County courts in recent days.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

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Ohio's medical marijuana program was signed into law almost two years ago.
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Officials with Ohio’s medical marijuana program say it won’t be fully in operation by September 8, two years from the date the law creating the program was signed. 

Provisional licenses for processing labs, testing labs and dispensaries will be awarded in May and June. And since growers just got licenses in November, Stephanie Gostomski with the Ohio Department of Commerce says the program won’t be in full force right away.

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BROOKINGS

Some of the companies that lost out on medical marijuana growing licenses are suing the state over the way those decisions were made and those companies are hoping courts will force the state to answer questions.  

 

Jimmy Gould of CannAscend, one of the companies bringing forward the latest lawsuit, says the state didn’t follow its own rules.

“This is the most screwed up thing I’ve ever seen.”

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