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Ohio marijuana laws

On June 9, 2016, Ohio Governor Kasich signed HB 523 into law, authorizing the creation of a new medical marijuana framework in Ohio. The Ohio Board of Commerce and Board of Pharmacy accepted applications in 2017, awarded provisional medical marijuana cultivator licenses in November 2017, provisional medical marijuana dispensary licenses in June 2018, and initial provisional medical marijuana processor licenses in August 2018 with more forthcoming. Due to delays in licensing, the program will not be available for patients in time for the original legislated date of September 8, 2018.


Green Rush Consulting prepared a winning application on behalf of a Level I medical marijuana cultivator.


No applications are being accepted at this time.


Marijuana Business Daily forecasts the Ohio medical marijuana market to be $200-400 million at maturity. The state conservatively estimates a patient population of about 120,000, or 1% of the state’s population.


The medical marijuana program in Ohio includes:


  • Medical marijuana cultivators

  • Medical marijuana processors (extraction and manufacturing)

  • Medical marijuana dispensaries

Schedule of Fees:

License Type – Application Fee – License Fee – Annual Renewal Fee

Cultivator Level 1 – $20,000 – 180,000 – $200,000

Cultivator Level 2 – $2,000 – $18,000 – $20,000

Processor – $10,000 – $90,000 – $100,000

Dispensary – $5,000 – $80,000 – $80,000[1]


*[1] Biennial fee.

There are no medical marijuana licenses available in Ohio at this time. However, the Ohio medical marijuana program consists of:

  • Medical Marijuana Cultivator Level 1

  • Medical Marijuana Cultivator Level 2

  • Medical Marijuana Processor

  • Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Ohio law only authorizes medical marijuana recommendations for the following qualifying conditions:


  • AIDS

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Cancer

  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Glaucoma

  • Hepatitis C

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Positive status for HIV

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Sickle cell anemia

  • Spinal cord disease or injury

  • Tourette’s syndrome

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

  • Ulcerative colitis

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Estimated market size

Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries have sold $2.2 million in product, according to new state figures for a total of 288 pounds, or 4,608 ounces sold.

how to start a marijuana business Ohio

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