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Hunt said on Thursday that it must be a public college or university that applies for a lab license, using its own resources. He cautioned that this first round of lab licensure is not a mechanism for a private company to partner with a public school to beat out other companies.
Ohio’s medical marijuana law took effect 11 months ago. Since then, regulators at the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, State Medical Board and Ohio Department of Commerce have been writing rules, accepting applications, hiring vendors and taking other steps to meet deadlines.
• Two dozen cultivator licenses are expected to be announced in November, possibly earlier. The state is now reviewing the 185 applications received.
• Applications for dispensary and processor licenses will be accepted once cultivator licenses awards are announced.
• A technology vendor will be hired within about two weeks to establish a seed-to-sale system to track plants.
• Public comment on proposed dispensary districts, which proscribe distribution of 60 medical marijuana shops, closes Aug. 11.
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Craddock said that based on other states’ experiences, Ohio may face lawsuits from businesses that don’t win grower licenses. “We are working very hard to run a fair process as it relates to the selection process here,” she said.