Department of Commerce Continues to Review Cultivator Applications: No Status Updates Have Been Sent

The Ohio Department of Commerce has received a number of inquiries pertaining to the awarding of provisional licenses for medical marijuana cultivators. The Department continues to conduct a thorough review of all applications and has not completed the selection process. No decisions have been made at this time and no information has been released regarding the status of these applications. Once the review has been completed, the Department will notify all applicants and interested parties.

Please continue to check the Medical Marijuana Control Program website for more information.

Final Cultivator and General Rules


  • How can I become a cultivator?

    All parties that are interested in obtaining a cultivator license should first become familiar with the cultivator and general rules under Chapter 3796 of the Administrative Code. The next step in the process is to complete and submit an application. A copy of the rules, application forms and instructions can be found on the Medical Marijuana Control Program website:

  • What is the cost of obtaining a cultivator license?

    The cultivator licensing fees are non-refundable and are as follows:

    Level I Level II
    Application fee $20,000 $2,000
    Initial license fee $180,000 $18,000
    Annual license renewal fee $200,000 $20,000
  • How many cultivators will be licensed by the Department of Commerce?

    The Department of Commerce may award up to 12 Level I cultivator licenses and up to 12 Level II cultivator licenses prior to September 9, 2018.

    Level I cultivators are permitted to operate an initial marijuana cultivation area up to 25,000 square feet. Level II cultivators are permitted to operate an initial marijuana cultivation area of 3,000 square feet. Licensees may submit an expansion request pursuant to the cultivator rules.

  • How was the number of cultivators determined?

    We consulted with industry experts and reviewed comments from the public regarding the potential patient population and supply of medical marijuana, as well as the number of cultivators needed to meet the demand for medical marijuana. The proposed number of cultivator licenses will promote competition and proficiency in meeting the demand for medical marijuana in order to provide patients with a safe, consistent supply of medical marijuana.

  • How do I get an application to become a cultivator?

    Application forms and instructions are posted on the Medical Marijuana Control Program website:

  • What are the application acceptance periods?

    Level II cultivator applications will be accepted June 5-16, 2017, and Level I cultivator applications will be accepted June 19-30, 2017.

  • Why do applications consider experience when medical marijuana has been illegal in Ohio?

    Experience is just one of many considerations that will be included in the application process – it is not a requirement for approval. Generally, experience may be achieved by work in or around the industry in other states that have an approved marijuana program. Other experience could include research or chemical studies.

  • Who will decide on applications, and will the process be independent?

    This has yet to be determined. The process will be fair and impartial. More information will be shared once details are finalized.

  • What is the purpose of demonstrating such high levels of financial security?

    To control supply and ensure adequate production, licensees need to demonstrate sufficient resources to address the significant risk within the marijuana industry. Failure to thrive can directly affect the ability to provide products to patients. Requiring security resources ensures that the industry can withstand risk within these first years and protects the ability of patients to receive safe, quality products.

  • Are applicants from economically disadvantaged groups required to comply with the financial requirement?

    Yes. While HB 523 requires preferential consideration for applications for licensees in four disadvantaged groups, this consideration does not replace or waive the financial requirements.

  • Were there changes to the rules around how the square footage can be used?

    Changes were made to the initial rule draft based on feedback. Rules were updated to expand the size allowed, and more detail was added to the rules to clarify terms and usage. As much as possible, language was worded to allow for applicants to have flexibility in their business decisions regarding the precise use of space.

  • Will composting be allowed?

    Yes. Language was added to the rules permitting composting of waste in these facilities.


Please note: The dates listed in this section reflect those specified in the law and are for informational purposes only. Rule adoption and program implementation may occur earlier than the dates specified.

Effective date of Ohio House Bill 523. HB 523 establishes the basic framework for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program.


Cultivator Rules Adopted. Ohio law requires the Ohio Department of Commerce to adopt cultivator rules by this date.


Ohio law requires the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program to be fully operational by this date.