Ohio Officials Awarding Dual-Use Cannabis Licenses In Preparation for Adult-Use Sales

Ohio officials have started awarding provisional dual-use licenses to medical cannabis operators, and the state’s full adult-use industry — approved by voters last November — is expected by September 7.

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Ohio officials with the Division of Cannabis Control have started awarding provisional dual-use cannabis licenses to medical cannabis operators, Spectrum News 1 reports.

The application period for the provisional dual-use licenses began June 7 and officials anticipated then that dual-use licensees could initiate non-medical cannabis sales by the end of the month.

The Division of Cannabis Control noted last week the agency has received 235 applications from medical cannabis licensees seeking to convert to dual-use provisional licenses; officials also said they have already awarded provisional licenses to four cannabis testing labs, 12 cultivators, 10 processors, and 20 dispensaries.

“The Division of Cannabis Control has been and will continue to identify qualified applicants for issuance of dual use provisional licenses. Next, the Division will require provisional licensees to validate compliance with operational requirements before receiving their respective Certificates of Operation on or before September 7.” — Division of Cannabis Control spokesperson Jamie Crawford, via Spectrum News 1

Ultimately, the provisional licensees will need to demonstrate regulatory compliance by September 7 — or sooner, if officials approve an earlier launch for the state’s adult-use cannabis market launch — to receive their certificate of operation.

Ohio voters approved the adult-use legalization policy last November and the law took effect in December. Under the reforms, adults aged 21+ legally possess, consume, and cultivate cannabis with a 2.5-ounce limit for personal possession.


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