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Regulators: $2.1M more needed for marijuana legal fees

December 14, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State regulators are seeking $2.1 million in additional money to cover legal costs tied to medical marijuana lawsuits against Ohio’s Department of Commerce.

The department is one of three state agencies overseeing Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program.

A department senior official told the state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee in Columbus on Thursday that the agency needs the extra money to cover legal costs from lawsuits that were brought by companies denied medical marijuana cultivators’ licenses.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the department official, Mark Hamlin, told the committee that the $1 million budgeted for the legal costs wasn’t enough. He says the department has requested a loan from the state emergency fund for the additional $2.1 million.

That request would have to be approved by the state Controlling Board.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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