NOTICE

In order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program staff will be working remotely until further notice. Please be advised that it may take longer than usual to receive a response.

If you need to contact the program for any reason, please use the Contact page and a staff member will reply to your email as soon as possible. The program’s toll-free helpline is also available to report adverse reactions to medical marijuana and respond to general inquiries about the program: 1-833-4OH-MMCP (1-833-464-6627)

Patients, caregivers, and dispensaries should also be aware that the offices of the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy will be closed to the general public during this time. Patients and caregivers needing assistance should use the toll-free helpline or the program’s Contact page. Dispensaries should continue to communicate through their assigned compliance agent.

Cultivators, processors, and testing laboratories should continue to communicate through their assigned compliance agent. Many of our staff will be teleworking for the next few weeks in an effort to stop community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We ask for your patience as we respond to your needs through our remote network. Please try to avoid in-person visits to our offices and connect with us via phone call or email. For non-business hours, which means before 8:00AM and after 5:00PM, MMCP Commerce licensees, please use (614) 728-1239. An MMCP representative will be in contact within 24 hours after the licensee provides a detail messaged. This line is for licensed cultivators, processors, and testing laboratories only.

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Programs

CULTIVATION

CULTIVATOR INSPECTIONS

THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE RELEASES THE CULTIVATOR APPLICATION SCORES

THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENTS OF THE LEVEL I CULTIVATOR PROVISIONAL LICENSES.

The applications for the below companies can be found by clicking the link.

Please refer to the scoring reference guide for scoring questions. To receive a certificate of operation, each provisional licensee will have to comply with all statutory and rule requirements which includes zoning requirements of the locality. No further announcements are available at this time.

Final Cultivator and General Rules

FINAL FORMS AND METHODS OF ADMINISTRATION RULES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How can I become a cultivator?

    All parties that are interested in obtaining a cultivator license should first become familiar with the cultivator and general rules under Chapter 3796 of the Administrative Code. The next step in the process is to complete and submit an application. A copy of the rules, application forms and instructions can be found on the Medical Marijuana Control Program website: http://medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov

  • What is the cost of obtaining a cultivator license?

    The cultivator licensing fees are non-refundable and are as follows:

    Level I Level II
    Application fee $20,000 $2,000
    Initial license fee $180,000 $18,000
    Annual license renewal fee $200,000 $20,000
  • How many cultivators will be licensed by the Department of Commerce?

    The Department of Commerce may award up to 12 Level I cultivator licenses and up to 12 Level II cultivator licenses prior to September 9, 2018.

    Level I cultivators are permitted to operate an initial marijuana cultivation area up to 25,000 square feet. Level II cultivators are permitted to operate an initial marijuana cultivation area of 3,000 square feet. Licensees may submit an expansion request pursuant to the cultivator rules.

  • How was the number of cultivators determined?

    We consulted with industry experts and reviewed comments from the public regarding the potential patient population and supply of medical marijuana, as well as the number of cultivators needed to meet the demand for medical marijuana. The proposed number of cultivator licenses will promote competition and proficiency in meeting the demand for medical marijuana in order to provide patients with a safe, consistent supply of medical marijuana.

  • How do I get an application to become a cultivator?

    The application period is now closed.

  • What were the application acceptance periods?

    Level II cultivator applications were accepted June 5-16, 2017, and Level I cultivator applications were accepted June 19-30, 2017.

  • Are applicants from economically disadvantaged groups required to comply with the financial requirement?

    Yes. While HB 523 requires preferential consideration for applications for licensees in four disadvantaged groups, this consideration does not replace or waive the financial requirements.