Toledo business awarded medical marijuana processing license


COLUMBUS — A Toledo facility was one of seven companies awarded provisional state licenses Friday to process medical marijuana.

Ohio Green Grow won provisional approval to run a processing facility at 367 E. State Line Rd. The award was part of the first round of approvals by the Ohio Department of Commerce, which is authorized to approve up to 40 provisional licenses. It was the only northwest Ohio site approved in the first round.

The department received more than 100 applications for the 40 licenses. 

The Ohio Green Grow location corresponds with a cultivation site owned by an affiliated company, OhiGrow. 

In June, Department of Commerce policy adviser Mark Hamlin acknowledged that inspection delays at cultivation sites made it impossible to meet the Sept. 8 date set by Ohio’s 2016 medical-marijuana law. House Bill 523, the Ohio law that legalized marijuana for medicinal use only, left it up to state agencies to determine the rules for medical marijuana's cultivation, processing, and sale.

Ohio has given provisional licenses to 25 large and small growers, but only three have received certificates of operation, clearing them to grow marijuana. The state has not yet set a proposed inspection date for OhiGrow’s cultivation site, so it is not clear when the facility and corresponding processing location will be functional.

A Gibsonburg grow site is scheduled to be inspected in October, according to the commerce department.