Ohio picks 11 smaller growers for medical marijuana program

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has chosen its first 11 growers for its medical marijuana program, but it could be months before they can start their first crop.

The smaller growers announced Friday by the Department of Commerce would cultivate up to 3,000 square feet. That’s a small portion of the anticipated cultivation. Up to a dozen larger growers for sites up to 25,000 square feet are expected to be announced later this month.

The 11 chosen growers applied for sites in Butler, Clinton, Fairfield, Franklin, Lorain, Lucas, Meigs, Montgomery, Portage, Stark and Summit counties. Two companies applied for multiple locations and must decide on one.

These companies will get provisional licenses but can’t immediately begin growing marijuana. They must first get their businesses operational and have a state team visit their facilities.

“This is very exciting news. There were clearly many strong applicants and these selections for the Level II licenses reflect the best of the best,”  Ohio Cannabis Association Executive Director Brian Wright said. “We are looking forward to working with them, our state leadership and the hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who will be able to have safe access to the medical treatments they need.”

There will be two places in the Miami Valley where growers will have medical marijuana:

  • 2046 Valley Street, Dayton
  • 6212 Executive Boulevard, Huber Heights

To see a list of the Level II Cultivator Provisional License Recipients, click here.

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