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Ohio

What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in Ohio?

The state will issue licenses over the next year for:

        • Dispensaries
        • Cultivation Facilities
        • Marijuana Processors (manufacturers of medical marijuana products)
        • Marijuana testing facilities

      In June 2017, the Department of Commerce adopted final regulations and began accepting applications for cultivation businesses. They issued up to twelve (12) Level I and twelve (12) Level II cultivator provisional licenses until September 9, 2018. See the following sections for more details. 

      The acceptance periods for cultivator license applications will be:

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

      In September 2017, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy must complete the final rules and regulations for marijuana dispensaries and develop the process for registering patients in the program. The Ohio State Medical Board must decide how Ohio physicians can obtain a certificate to recommend medical marijuana and the Department of Commerce must finish rules and regulations for marijuana processors and testing labs.

      License application periods for the other businesses will be added to this page as information becomes available. 

      What can I do right now?

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

            The state will be opening the application period for dispensaries sometime after September 2017. There are some things you can do right now to get ahead, though:

            1. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
            2. Create a compliant Dispensary Business 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.

            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.