Ohio

Wed
17
Feb

Ohio Officials Seek Public Comments on Medical Cannabis Conditions

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Ohio is now taking written comments on the qualifying conditions it is thinking of adding to the medical cannabis program. 

Mon
08
Feb

Home grown? Medical cannabis companies mostly out-of-state

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Once again, out-of-state business entities and owners took the majority of dispensary and processor permits for West Virginia’s long-awaited medical cannabis program.

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Medical Cannabis announced that 100 dispensaries between 32 companies with locations in 23 counties had been selected. The Office of Medical Cannabis announced the selection of 10 growers in October 2020 and 10 processors in November 2020.

Fri
05
Feb

Ohio farmers still learning how best to grow, process, sell hemp a year into legal cultivation

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Farmers and researchers across Ohio are learning some of the most basic agricultural information about hemp after the state’s first year of legal cultivation.

Unclear growing conditions coupled with unpredictable market forces mean even if farmers successfully grow a crop they sometimes don’t know much about, processing it into products that consumers can buy could be prohibitive to running a business.

“[Hemp] grows well in Ohio,” said Sano Ti Amo co-owner Karen DeLuca. “We had great success in our field even though it was an experimental field, but you need a place to take it.”

 

Mon
04
Jan

Medical marijuana patients go to third-party websites for information

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Patients in Ohio’s medical marijuana program say the information they find on legal marijuana dispensaries, cannabis products and prices come not from the state government or marijuana industry, but from a series of third-party websites run mostly by out-of-state companies.

Thu
12
Nov

Buyers Start To Buy Up Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries After First Year Of Operation

Buyers, including publicly traded companies, have started buying Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries as the required state waiting period expires.

An operator based in northern Ohio and a Canadian company acquired stores this fall, and a national cannabis brand announced intentions to acquire a group of dispensaries owned by Central Ohio’s Hondros family of companies.

Thu
05
Nov

Ohio taking petitions to expand list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

The window to petition the state to add new medical marijuana qualifying conditions has reopened through Dec. 31.

Advocates in the past have petitioned for the addition of anxiety, autism spectrum disorder and opioid use disorder to the list of Ohio's 22 qualifying conditions for medicinal cannabis. Those conditions have been previously rejected by a state medical review board, though.

Wed
07
Oct

Ohio Recalls Medical Cannabis Edibles Due to Heavy Metals

The Ohio Department of Commerce has issued a mandatory recall on medical cannabis edibles due to noncompliant levels of heavy metals, according to a Cincinnati.com report.

The cannabis-infused chocolates, sold under the Encore Edibles brand, were processed by Canton-based Mother Grows Best and sold in eight dispensaries across the state between Aug. 17 and Oct. 1, the news outlet reported.

Mon
05
Oct

Ohio recalls medical marijuana chocolates sold at 8 dispensaries

Ohio medical marijuana regulators have issued a mandatory recall on marijuana-infused chocolate products after they found higher than allowed levels of heavy metal cadmium. 

The Encore Edibles (dark chocolate indica) from Canton processor Mother Grows Best didn't pass all the required tests before being sold at eight dispensaries across the state, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced in a Thursday recall message. The products were sold between Aug. 17 and Oct. 1. 

The Ohio Department of Commerce did not say Friday how the issue was identified but has launched an investigation that includes testing product samples. Ohio medical marijuana products must undergo a battery of tests for contaminants including heavy metals before sale.

Wed
16
Sep

Ohio Reports Increase In Active Medical Cannabis Patients

Ohio’s still-young medical marijuana program saw its pool of active patients go up as summer wound down this year, according to new data.

Citing figures provided by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, Cleveland.com reports that the “number of Ohio medical marijuana patients who have purchased products from state dispensaries increased by 3.4% between July and August.” 

Mon
14
Sep

High prices holding back Ohio medical marijuana sales

A new study shows about half of Ohioans surveyed are dissatisfied with the medical marijuana program because of high prices.

About 62% of people surveyed are “somewhat dissatisfied” or “extremely dissatisfied” with the program. The study, conducted by the Ohio State University’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, surveyed about 400 Ohioans who were either current registered patients or could be considered potential patients for the Ohio medical marijuana program.

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