Bud Bummer in the Buckeye State: Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program Delayed

Earlier this year, as the state Department of Commerce finally began scoring and awarding canna-business applications, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost pointed out a “Critical flaw” in department information safety protocols that once again halted the permitting process.

Now, even with 25 ganjapreneurs given provisional cultivation licenses, regulators say that none of the expected growers have passed a final inspection. Because cannabis plants harvested indoors need 3-4 months to grow, simple math indicates that those pot farms are already well behind schedule. Still, those out-of-state purchases are not sanctioned by Ohio law enforcement, leaving some desperate patients stuck between a rock and a hard place.

To reconcile the delays as quickly as possible, Department of Commerce regulators say that they have two final pre-cultivation inspections scheduled this month and seven more on the books for July. If those growers are cleared, it is possible that Buckeye State patients could have access to the plant-based medicine by the end of the year.

At least one potential Ohio pot supplier, Pure Ohio Wellness LLC, was inspected in May, but has still not been certified to begin cultivation.

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