Sarah Climaco

Ohio Issues Seven Provisional MMJ Processor Licenses

Ohio regulators awarded seven provisional medical cannabis processor licenses last week, reports.

Six additional applicants could still be eligible to receive a processor license in the provisional licensing round; there were 104 applicants in total. Under state law, regulators can issue up to 40 processing licenses.

The provisional licensees, ranked by regulators’ scoring of their applications, are listed below:

185.48 – Ohio Grown Therapies, LLC (Johnstown, Licking County)
182.00 – Fire Rock Processing Ltd. (Columbus, Franklin County)
177.28 – Ohio Green Grow LLC (Toledo, Lucas County)
176.72 – Greenleaf Therapeutics, LLC (Middlefield, Geauga County or Willoughby, Lake County) *
172.20 – Grow Ohio Pharmaceuticals, LLC (Newtown Township, Muskingum County)
156.52 – Standard Farms Ohio LLC (Garfield Heights, Cuyahoga County)
155.32 – Corsa Verde, LLC (Columbus, Franklin County)

*An applicant can only receive one provisional license, yet were permitted to apply multiple times with different locations. Greenleaf Therapeutics LLC has 10 days to choose their location.

Three processors —  Fire Rock, Grow Ohio, and Ohio Green Grow — have also received provisional cultivation licenses. Of the 26 companies holding provisional cultivation licenses, at least 24 had also applied for processor licenses.

Provisional licensees have six months to establish compliant facilities before they can receive a full operating license.

Andy Joseph — the president and CEO of Apeks Supercritical, who collaborated with Hawaii company Maui Grown Therapies to create top-scorer Ohio Grown Therapies — told the company’s initial offerings will include tinctures, oils, vape pen oils, a chocolate product, and a topical salve.

Ohio legalized medical cannabis in 2016 but the program’s launch has been plagued by delays in the licensing process.

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