Ohio Knowledge Center:

Created to provide helpful information about the Ohio Medical Marijuana Industry.

Cannabis License Info:

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Grower (also commonly referred to as Producers or Cultivators) – Cultivators are responsible for growing cannabis. Mature plants are harvested and transferred to a Processor.

Processors – Processors take harvested cannabis from Cultivators and create derivative extracts for edibles, concentrates, topicals, and prepacks. Finished products are transported to Dispensaries.

How many Medical Marijuana licenses are being awarded in Ohio?

Ohio Cultivation Licenses

  • Level 1
    • 12 Level 1 Licenses available
    • 25-75K square feet
    • $20,000 Application Fee
    • $200,000 Yearly License Fee
  • Level 2
    • 12 Level 2 Licenses available
    • 6-9K square feet
    • $2,000 Application Fee
    • $20,000 Yearly License Fee

Ohio Processor Licenses

  • Estimated 40 Processor Licenses will be awarded
  • $10,000 Application Fee
  • $100,000 Yearly License Fee

Laboratories test cannabis for concentration and contaminants. Prior to entering the consumer market, all regulated cannabis is required to undergo quality assurance testing.

Final Laboratory regulations are to be determined.  Here’s what we know now:
  • The number of licenses being awarded is to be determined
  • $2,000 Application Fee
  • $20,000 Yearly License Fee
Dispensaries sell legal cannabis, and cannabis products, to responsible adults in compliance with local regulations.
  • There will be an estimated 60 Dispensary Licenses awarded in Ohio; final numbers are to be determined
  • $5,000 Application Fee
  • $80,000 Yearly License Fee


Caregivers grow and process cannabis on behalf of patients. They cannot charge for cannabis, only recoup the costs of goods.

Current Estimated Patient Counts: 188,000

How can I obtain an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card?

The Board of Pharmacy is in the process of developing costs, rules, and process to be finalized no later than September of 2017.

Does my medical condition qualify for a Medical Marijuana Prescription in Ohio?

Here’s a list of qualifying conditions defined by Ohio state law:

  • AIDS
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Positive status for HIV
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis

Ohio Seed-to-Sale Traceability Info:

Ohio’s Department of Commerce is currently working on the procedures, fees, licensing applications and final rules, which will be adopted on May 6, 2017.

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