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Ohio Medical Marijuana Licensees Announced

By Rick Schettino
Dec 03, 2017

Ohio’s medical marijuana industry recently took a giant step towards becoming operational by awarding a dozen large-scale grower licenses. 

The state regulators have spent the last year formulating and establishing the guidelines for the restrictive program. 185 applications were received by the department; 109 Tier I and 76 Tier II. Many did not make the cut.

According to, “members of and advisers to the winning companies include Cleveland businessman Andy Rayburn (Buckeye Relief), Columbus developer Bill Schottenstein (Pure Ohio Wellness), Gov. John Kasich's former spokesman Chris Schrimpf (Cresco Labs) and investors in Ohio's 2015 failed marijuana legalization campaign Chris Stock and Brian Kessler (Riviera Creek Holdings),” according to records released by the commerce department.

CannAscend, one of the leading cannabis companies in the state, is challenging the outcomes. Founders Jimmy Gould and Ian James headed up the state’s 2015 marijuana legalization initiative, tagged Responsible Ohio. “There were significant problems in the course of processing the applications,” Gould stated in a news release, claiming several critical flaws were discovered by their legal experts, and that more may yet be uncovered.

All license winners are now under a probation period of 9 months within which they will need to become fully compliant with state laws and regulations. A series of inspection will be carried by the state after which a certificate of operation will be awarded.

11 companies were selected for “Level II” licenses in early November. A 12th license was awarded to Farkas Farms LLC in Grafton this past Thursday.

Below is a list of the businesses awarded licenses by state regulators along with their respective “points:”

  • Buckeye Relief LLC in Eastlake with 179.28 points
  • Grow Ohio Pharmaceuticals LLC in Newton Township with 173.44 points
  • Riviera Creek Holdings LLC in Youngstown with 172.72 points
  • Pure Ohio Wellness LLC in Springfield with 167.64 points
  • Columbia Care OH LLC in Mt. Orab with 167.08 points
  • Terradiol Ohio LLC in Canton with 165.48 points
  • Standard Wellness Company LLC in Gibsonburg with 161.28 points
  • AT-CPC of Ohio LLC in Akron with 161.28 points
  • Cresco Labs Ohio LLC in Yellow Springs with 159.80 points
  • Parma Wellness Center LLC in Parma with 153.08 points
  • Harvest Grows LLC in Hamilton Township or Cleveland with 142.04 points

The recent announcement is expected to be a catalyst, speeding up the development of growing facilities and dispensaries in order to be operational before the September 2018 launch of sales.  

Ohio’s medical marijuana laws allow patients suffering from a list currently comprising of 21 medical conditions to have access to medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. However, the law prohibits users from smoking marijuana or growing it at home.

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