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What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in Ohio?

Ohio continues the roll-out process for its emerging medical marijuana program, which is expected to be operational by September 8, 2018.

In June of this year, dozens of applications were received for the state's two types of cultivation licenses. A decision is expected to be made by Ohio regulators in November. The state is planning to allow a total of 24 cultivation licensees to operate.

In addition, the state finalized rules for the other types of licensees – Processors and Dispensaries – in early September.

What can I do right now?

To be prepared for the state's marijuana licensing processes, you should:

    • Read through the regulations and determine what business type you'd like to have.
    • Understand the licensing fees (see below sections). 
      • Get a 100% compliant marijuana company business plan right away. It is required for licensing and will help you understand the costs and profits of a business as well as help you acquire investment capital or get partners in place. See our Marijuana Company Business Plans page for details about our plans that fully meet the business plan requirements for applications.
      • Until the state releases their regulations for each business type, we cannot discuss our complete licensing packages

        How To Open a Dispensary in Ohio

        Apply for one of the 60 dispensary licenses during November 13-17. The application fee is $5,000.

        You need to be doing this right now

        1. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
        2. Create a compliant Dispensary Business Plan and Financial Plan. It's required for licensing for all businesses and is great for potential investors/partners, too. 
        3. Determine your potential location(s) and investigate whether your preferred city or county will be issuing licenses via one of our Support Packages.
        4. Start working on the other licensing requirements.

        How To Grow/Cultivate Marijuana Legally in Ohio

        Apply for one of the 24 cultivator licenses during this timeframe:

          • 12 - Level II Cultivator Applications (up to 25,000 square feet): June 5-16
          • 12 - Level I Cultivator Applications (up to 3,000 square feet): June 19-30

          The fees for each license:

            • Level I applicants - $20,000
            • Level II applicants - $2,000

            You need to be doing this right now

            1. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
            2. Create a Cultivation Business Plan and Financial Plan. They are required for licensing for all businesses and our plans meet all application requirements.
            3. Determine your potential location(s) and investigate whether your preferred city or county will be issuing licenses via one of our Support Packages.
            4. Start working on the other licensing requirements (We don't assist with this due to liability issues as set forth by the regulations).

              How To Start a Marijuana Edibles, Marijuana Infused Products or Marijuana Extractions Business In Ohio

              Same as Dispensary steps, as the state will issue these licenses sometime after September 2017. These are the things you can do right now to get ahead:

              1. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
              2. Create a compliant Extraction Business Plan. It's required for licensing for all businesses and our plans meet all application requirements.
              3. Determine your potential location(s) and investigate whether your preferred city or county will be issuing licenses via one of our Support Packages.

              How To Start a Marijuana Testing Facility In Ohio

              We do not currently assist clients with these businesses. 

              The latest marijuana industry news, laws, & frequently asked questions for Ohio.