Ohio officials award medical marijuana grow license to company affected by scoring error

Ohio officials award medical marijuana grow license to company affected by scoring error

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Illinois-based PharmaCann Ohio LLC received a provisional license to grow medical marijuana.( COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Commerce on Tuesday issued a 25th provisional license to grow medical marijuana to a company that was incorrectly booted from the top-scoring companies because of a department scoring error. Illinois-based PharmaCann Ohio LLC received a provisional license to grow up to 25,000 square feet at a site in Buckeye Lake. In February, commerce officials discovered an employee had inadvertently downloaded one set of scores twice , resulting in 10 companies receiving incorrect scores. PharmaCann was the only company whose score prevented it from obtaining a license, according to the department. The department can issue up to 24 cultivation licenses before Sept. 8 — 12 large-scale growers and 12 small-scale growers — per the department’s rules. A department spokeswoman did not immediately answer questions about how the department was able to issue an additional license. PharmaCann scored 12th highest of all non-disqualified applicants for large-scale grow licenses. PharmaCann did not initially receive a license in November because the department awarded licenses to two lower-scoring minority-owned businesses to comply with the minority set-aside in state law. PharmaCann sued the state over what it called the "racial quota" in December . If the correct scores had been recorded, PharmaCann would have ranked 8th and been awarded a provisional license. State officials are trying to get Ohio’s new medical marijuana program up and running by Sept. 8, when state law says the program must be "fully operational." Provisional cultivator licenses were issued in November, and licensees have nine months to build their facilities and comply with all regulations before they can begin growing marijuana. Some cultivators expect to receive operating licenses this month. Licenses for marijuana product processors and dispensaries are expected to be […]

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