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What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in Ohio?

HB 523, effective September 8, 2016, legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program will allow people with certain medical conditions, upon the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the State Medical Board, to purchase and use medical marijuana.

While the legislation set a basic framework for the program, it left the task of establishing specific rules and guidelines for the cultivation, processing, testing, dispensing and medical use of marijuana to different state agencies. The roll-out of the formal system is expected to happen late 2017 or the following year. Only then will patients have safe, regulated access to medical cannabis and complete legal protections.

What can you do right now?

To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should:

  • Draft a Pre-Legalization Marijuana Company Business Plan so you can see and understand the costs associated with setting up a marijuana business, as well as projected revenues and financials that will allow you to decide whether this venture is for you or not. Acquire the pre-legalization version until the regulations are officially released. Clients use our business plans for fundraising as well as submitting and getting approval from the state, city and county licensing departments.
  • Or have GreenZipp do everything for you.
  • Download our free Starter Package
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