Cannabis Status: Open
As of now, Ohio’s cannabis market is exclusively open for medical marijuana sales, reflecting the state’s initial foray into cannabis regulation. However, a significant shift is on the horizon, as Ohioans voted on November 7, 2023, to pass a statutory initiative legalizing the purchase and recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older. This transformative move, officially known as “An Act to Control and Regulate Adult Use Cannabis,” took effect on December 7, 2023.
While the state currently caters to medical marijuana patients, the impending commencement of adult-use sales signals a dynamic evolution in Ohio’s cannabis landscape. The new legislation will usher in a regulated framework for adult-use cultivation, processing, testing, and dispensary operations, reflecting a broader acceptance and legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes in the state.
Population: 11.78 Million
Median Income: 66,990
Cannabis Uses: Cultivator, Processor, Testing Lab
State Cannabis Overview: The state is set to begin accepting applications from existing medical operators for dual-use licenses.
To facilitate the application process, the state has set clear timelines. Application materials for Dual-Use authorized applicants will be published by June 7, 2024, with provisional licenses expected to be issued by September 7th of the same year. The application window for social equity applicants has yet to be announced.