An Ohio judge is set to hear final arguments Monday morning in a lawsuit that could delay some medical marijuana growers from getting their product to market in Ohio.
The lawsuit, filed in March, seeks an injunction banning the state commerce department from issuing certificates of operation to 12 businesses that have already received provisional licenses to grow marijuana in Ohio.
But the companies must have their grow operations inspected and be certified to operate in the state before they can begin cultivating marijuana for sale to people with chronic illnesses through licensed dispensaries.
Under the law, the marijuana program is mandated to go live by Sept. 8.
But the lawsuit would prevent Level 1 growers—large growers with operations up to 25,000 square feet—from even having marijuana on site until the state hears appeals from unsuccessful applicants contesting how the provisional licenses were awarded.
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