On Nov. 12, Ohio medical cannabis regulators and the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee (MMAC) held a virtual meeting to discuss the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.
Regulators shared numerous updates, including about cultivation, processing, testing, dispensing and patients.
Ohio Department of Commerce update
Ohio’s Department of Commerce regulates cultivators, processors and testing labs. Greg McIlvaine, senior policy adviser for the Ohio Department of Commerce, oversees that department’s role in the medical cannabis program and gave a presentation during the meeting.
Twenty-five cultivators, 24 processors and three labs are currently operational in Ohio, McIlvaine said. Because of Ohio House Bill 197, “COVID-19-response legislation,” he said provisional licensees have until Dec. 1 to take action on their licenses. The department expects provisional licensees to have their final inspections and certificates of operation soon after the deadline, he added.
“The Commerce team also continues to implement accountability measures to ensure quality testing, including review of testing labs’ standard operating procedures and evaluation methods, as well as engagement with METRC, which is our seed-to-sale tracking system, to implement configurations and other updates to better track licensees’ testing results,” McIlvaine said.
McIlvaine called attention to an October mandatory product recall of dark chocolate Encore Edibles sold by Canton processor Mother Grows Best. He said the edibles “exceeded the regulatory thresholds for cadmium.”
In addition, the department is currently reviewing testing lab applications, he said. “These applications will be accepted through November 27 and then reviewed and approved for a provisional license on a rolling basis,” he said.
Also, as part of a rule update package, McIlvaine said the department is “implementing electronic background checks to streamline the licensee employee ID badge process and reviewing several licensee ownership interest change requests.”
The following photos are screenshots of McIlvaine’s presentation, displaying additional program updates: