House Bill 523 (HB 523) legalizes the use of medical marijuana and establishes the Medical Marijuana Control Program. The bill was introduced on April 4th, 2016 by physician Representative Stephen H. Huffman (R- Tipp City) and referred to the Select Committee on Medical Marijuana in the House before being passed along to the Senate on May 10th. It was then referred to the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee and passed on May 25th. HB 523 was signed on June 8th, 2016 by Governor John Kasich and became effective 90 days later, on September 8th. A summary of the bill can be found here.
HB 523 does not allow for smokable cannabis to be sold, but allows for oils, tinctures, patches and edible products in addition to marijuana plant material for vaping. Home-grow is not permitted in the State of Ohio; all medical marijuana products must be purchased from a licensed dispensary.
Certified physicians may only recommend medical marijuana for the following conditions:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
Inflammatory bowel disease
Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Sickle cell anemia
Spinal cord disease or injury
Traumatic brain injury
The application periods for all four types of licenses are now closed.
The Cultivator Level II license application period was June 5-16, 2017, and eleven (11) licenses were awarded on November 3, 2017.
The Cultivator Level I license application period was June 19-30, 2017, and twelve (12) licenses were awarded on November 30, 2017.
The Processor license application period was December 4-15, 2017.
The Dispensary license application period was November 3-17, 2017.
Application Fees/Start-up Costs
The Cultivator Level II application fee was $2,000. The initial license fee was $18,000. The annual license renewal fee is $20,000.
The Cultivator Level I application fee was $20,000. The initial license fee was $180,000. The annual license renewal fee is $200,000.
The Processor application fee was $10,000. The certificate of operation fee was $90,000. The annual license renewal fee is $100,000.
The Dispensary application fee was $5,000 and the biennial certificate of operation fee is $70,000.
Cultivator Level I (larger scale) – Twelve (12) have been awarded
Cultivator Level II (smaller scale) – Eleven (11) have been awarded
Photo by Scott Bauer, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
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