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Ohio plans to award medical marijuana cultivation licenses in November. Could that delay the program?

State regulators have set a November target for awarding medical marijuana cultivation licenses, causing concern Ohio's new program will be delayed past its September 2018 deadline.

The Ohio Department of Commerce received 185 applications for 24 cultivator licenses statewide -- 12 for small growers and 12 for large growers -- in June.

Cultivator license applicants were expecting a decision about three months after the June 30 deadline, said Thomas Rosenberger, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association of Ohio. Pennsylvania took three months to review 177 applications for 12 medical marijuana grow/processing licenses earlier this year.

"The shortened window will add tremendous pressure to an already tight timeline for building out world class facilities and having the first crop of medical marijuana available by the September 2018 deadline," Rosenberger said.

Rosenberger said it will be even more difficult for applicants that still must gain local zoning...

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