CULTIVATION, PROCESSING, & TESTING Frequently Asked Questions

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 by May 6, 2017. Draft rules will be available on this website for public comment in the fall of 2016.

How can I become a processor?

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 by September 8, 2017. Draft rules will be available on this website for public comment.

How can I open a testing laboratory?

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 by September 8, 2017. Draft rules will be available on this website for public comment.

Per Ohio Revised Code, for one year following the date on which the Department of Commerce begins accepting applications, licenses issued to conduct laboratory testing of medical marijuana will only be granted to institutions of higher education that are public, located within the state of Ohio, and have the resources and facilities necessary to conduct testing in accordance with the rules.

What is the cost of obtaining a cultivator, processor, or testing laboratory license?

The cultivator, processor, and testing laboratory licensing fees will be determined in rules adopted by the Department of Commerce.

How many cultivators, processors, or testing laboratories 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.