• How can I become a cultivator?

    Administrative rules currently under development by the Department of Commerce will establish the standards and procedures, including application procedures, fees, number of available licenses, timing, how to apply, and renewal requirements. That information will be final when the rules are adopted on May 6, 2017. Draft rules will be available on this website for public comment in the fall of 2016.

  • What is the cost of obtaining a cultivator license?

    The cultivator licensing fees will be determined in rules adopted by the Department of Commerce.

  • How many cultivators will be licensed by the Department of Commerce?

    The Department of Commerce is required to adopt rules on the number of licenses that will be permitted at any one time. More information on licensing will be made available once the rules are finalized.

  • 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.

  • What are the designated territories?

    The configuration of territories across the state has not been determined yet. This information will be published as soon as these decisions have been finalized.

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

    Applications are not yet available. More information on the application process and period will be made available in 2017 when details are finalized.

  • 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?

    The application process, including who will be part of the decision making process, has not yet been determined. The process will be fair and transparent. 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. The rules draft submitted to CSI includes these changes and any other changes made to the previous rules drafts.

  • Will composting be allowed?

    Yes. Language was added to the rules to structure the use of composting in facilities.

  • If labeled fertilizers or pesticides do not restrict use during flowering of plants, are these acceptable to use?

    Based on feedback from industry experts, the use of these products was clarified to extend beyond the labeling of products. Revisions in the rules now detail how businesses can ensure these types of products are authorized for use. The rules elaborate on the requirements for registration and record-keeping when these products are used.


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.