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Ohio Department of Commerce Issues 12 Medical Marijuana Cultivation Licenses

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After more than a year since medical marijuana became legal in Ohio, the 12 licenses to cultivate have been distributed by the Ohio Department of Commerce. The companies chosen, spanning most of the state (except the Central Ohio region), beat out nearly 100 other applicants for a license allowing them up to 25,000 square feet of growing space.

The 12 companies:

AT-CPC of Ohio LLC, Akron (161.28 points)
Buckeye Relief LLC, Eastlake (179.28 points)
Columbia Care OH LLC, Mt. Orab (167.08 points)
Cresco Labs Ohio LLC, Yellow Springs (159.80 points)
Grow Ohio Pharmaceuticals LLC, Newton Township (173.44 points)
Harvest Grows LLC, Cleveland (142.04 points)
OPC Cultivation LLC, Huron (173.28 points)
Parma Wellness Center LLC, Parma (153.08 points)
Pure Ohio Wellness LLC, Springfield (167.64 points)
Riviera Creek Holdings, Youngstown (172.72 points)
Standard Wellness Company LLC, Gibsonburg 161.28)
Terradiol Ohio LLC, Canton (165.48 points)

The companies were chosen based on a weighted point system evaluating their business plan, operations plan, quality assurance plan, security plan and financial plan. According to an article on cleveland.com, members and advisers of winning companies include Columbus developer Bill Schottenstein (Pure Ohio Wellness), Gov. John Kasich’s former spokesperson Chris Schrimpf (Cresco Labs), investors in Ohio’s 2015 failed legalization campaign Chris Stock and Brian Kessler (Riviera Creek Holdings), as well as Cleveland businessman Andy Rayburn (Buckeye Relief).

The selections are already being contested by Cincinnati-based company CannAscend, according to the story. CannAscend co-founder Jimmy Gould, one of the founders of ResponsibleOhio, said that “fatal flaws” were discovered in the application process and that legal experts are expected to uncover more.

These companies will provide a range of pharmaceutical-grade marijuana products to be consumed in one of four ways: inhaling, ingestion, absorption and topical application.

“We are thrilled to be selected as a provider in this program and look forward to providing medical relief to patients across Ohio,” said Charlie Bachtell, Cresco Labs CEO. “We plan to be the state leader in this industry by manufacturing the highest quality product, providing caring service to the patients and giving back to our home community.”

Cresco’s cultivation facility in Yellow Springs has already begun construction. They’ve received cultivation licenses in Pennsylvania and Illinois as well. They and the other 11 companies will offer their products to the physician-certified patients managing one of the approved conditions, which include cancer, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s, and 19 others.

Cultivation at each of the 12 sites will need to begin as soon as possible, as Ohio’s medical marijuana program will become operational next September.

For more information, visit medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov.

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