Will Ohio's medical pot program go up in smoke?

March 5, 2018 By Lisa Bernard-Kuhn
WCPO, Channel 9

Late last year the Department of Commerce awarded 24 provisional licenses to small and large medical marijuana growers. More than 100 firms applied, including Cincinnati-based CannAscend - which was denied a license.

CannAscend hired an attorney to review the state’s processes and discovered that one of the consultants paid to screen applicants had been convicted of felony drug crimes.

Last week, CannAscend filed a lawsuit along with 19 other cultivation applications asking the courts to stop the program and redo the scoring for growers. Among other claims, the lawsuit alleges that at least five firms that landed a provisional license failed to adhere to Ohio's program requirements, including having adequate set-backs from schools, day cares and other sanctioned properties.

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