Ohio medical marijuana

JIMMY GOULD
State of Ohio / OHIO PUBLIC BROADCASTING

The head of one of the companies that failed to get one of Ohio's large marijuana growing licenses says the state hired a convicted drug dealer to play a key role in the program.

Jimmy Gould is one of the backers of the failed 2015 ballot issue to legalize marijuana. Gould says Trevor C. Bozeman, owner of iCann Consulting, which the state hired to score applicants for growing licenses, has a conviction for possessing and intending to traffic drugs.

photo of Fire Rock Ltd.
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Two of Ohio’s newly licensed medical marijuana cultivators plan to open facilities in Akron, and several more could be coming to Northeast Ohio as well.

Medical marijuana study
BROOKINGS INSTITUTION

Ohio is one of eight states rolling out medical marijuana programs. When Ohio lawmakers passed the state’s medical marijuana law last year, one of the provisions was that Ohio colleges and universities should be the first to test the state’s medical marijuana supply.

photo of medical marijuana dispensary site
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Brain injuries are among the conditions for which Ohio has approved the use of medical marijuana. And a group of investors with strong ties to high school, college and pro football in the state is among those applying for a license to dispense the drug.

Ohio is awarding 60 dispensary licenses later this year, and one group likely to apply includes Ted Ginn Sr., long-time football coach at Glenville High School, former Ohio State University quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Troy Smith, and former Cleveland Brown Eric Metcalf.

photo of Marijuana
OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

The window to apply to become growers under Ohio’s medical marijuana program has closed, with the state receiving 185 applications – all with non-refundable fees attached.

The state received 109 applications for the bigger licenses for cultivation areas up to 25,000 square feet. The remaining 76 applications were for growing areas of 3,000 square feet. Up to twelve licenses may be awarded for both levels of operations. 

Pages