Rules for medical marijuana cultivation in Ohio nearly finalized

In this July 15, 2011 file photo, a marijuana plant stands amid a plantation. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini, File)

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) – Ohio’s rules for medical marijuana cultivators have cleared their final legislative hurdle. reports the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review cleared the rules for growers, including application and license fees, without objection on Monday.

Columbus attorney David Patton told the panel he was concerned about banning people with certain criminal records from applying for a cultivator license. He says leaving open what convictions count is setting the state up for a lawsuit.

The chief operating officer for Ohio’s marijuana control program says the applicable offenses are clearly listed.

The rules will be filed in time to officially take effect before the established May 6 deadline.

Rules and regulations for dispensaries, processors and testing labs are still in the planning stage. They must be in place by Sept. 8. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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