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Two medical marijuana farms will have product ready in November: state official

October 4, 2018

Two medical marijuana farms will have product ready in November: state official

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two small-scale medical cannabis cultivators have told state regulators that they will have product ready by November, an Ohio official told a medical marijuana advisory committee Thursday morning.

But for ill Ohioans who are waiting for relief from medical marijuana, that doesn’t mean they will have access to the product just then. Ohio’s medical marijuana program has rules about how the plant is tested, processed and sold.

The growers, who have permission to operate up to 3,000-square-foot cultivation areas, are FN Group Holdings in Ravenna in Portage County and Agri-Med Ohio LLC in Langsville in Meigs County, which were the first two marijuana farms to get certificates of operation, said the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Mark Hamlin.

Hamlin said one of the five provisionally licensed marijuana testing labs could be ready for a final inspection that could result in a certificate of operation later this month or next month.

The state’s program requires a sample of each batch grown to be tested at different points in the process for prohibited pesticides or pesticide levels as well as THC levels.

To create edibles, lotions, vaping oils and other forms of the drug medical marijuana patients are allowed to use, the plant must be processed. No processors yet have certificates of operation. However, marijuana flower, or bud, can be sold if people with medical cards can use it in a way that doesn’t involve smoking – which is prohibited under state law.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy is in charge of inspecting dispensaries. It has not said when any dispensaries will be given certificates of operation.

However, once plants are ready to be harvested, the state will open the patient registry. Doctors who have patients with any of 21 conditions can enter them into the registry so they can legally possess the drug.

Ohio’s medical marijuana program was supposed to be fully operational Sept. 8, however a number of delays have prevented product from getting to the market. 

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