COLUMBUS, OH (WTOL) - A Lucas County firm is one of seven companies that were awarded licenses for marijuana processing in Ohio.
The Ohio Department of Commerce received over 100 applications vying for 40 plant processor licenses.
Ohio Green Grow LLC of Toledo was determined to have met the minimum requirements of the application. Joining Ohio Green Grow in the first round of awards are:
- Ohio Grown Therapies, LLC (Johnstown, Licking County)
- Fire Rock Processing Ltd. (Columbus, Franklin County)
- Greenleaf Therapeutics, LLC (Middlefield, Geauga County or Willoughby, Lake County)
- Grow Ohio Pharmaceuticals, LLC (Newtown Township, Muskingum County)
- Standard Farms Ohio LLC (Garfield Heights, Cuyahoga County)
- Corsa Verde, LLC (Columbus, Franklin County)
Six applicants who may be eligible for licenses in the first round still are awaiting the outcome of tax and/or background checks, the state said.
The state lists three different types of processors – standalone, vertically integrated facilities, and a plant-only processor.
The plant-only processor license is for the limited purpose of packaging plant material and distributing it directly to dispensaries.
This will allow product to be available as early as possible at the dispensary facilities, said the state.
State leaders will conduct a second round of review for applications needing additional clarifying information.
This pool of applicants will be scored and awarded separately from the Round 1 recipients.
Earlier in the week, the department of commerce named Buckeye Relief as the first large-scale grower to pass inspection and receive its operation certificate.
The company will begin planting immediately at its cultivation facility in Eastlake, just outside Cleveland. It said it expects to have a finished product ready by the end of the year.