Ohio Medical Marijuana Program Has Flaws, But Legislators Disagree About Fixes

Ohio Medical Marijuana Program Has Flaws, But Legislators Disagree About Fixes

Court battles over problems with the process of choosing cultivators have some fearing it might delay the start of the program.

April 24, 2018

Ohio’s medical marijuana program is supposed to be fully operational on September 8. But there are several court battles over problems with the process of choosing cultivators, and some fear it might delay the start of the program.

Republican state Sen. Bill Coley says patients need Ohio’s medical marijuana program to be ready to go on day one. So he’s come up with legislation that would allow a do-over in the scoring process.

“You’d rescore with independent people who don’t have conflicts doing the scoring,” Coley says. “And you’d look at all of the scores and anybody that scored above the lowest the current provisional license holders, if they scored above the current provisional license holders, they’d be granted an additional license.”

But some lawmakers, like Democratic Sen. Kenny Yuko, are not on board.

“It would be challenging, time-wise, to get anything passed," Yuko says.

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