Ohio Announces First Medical Marijuana Grow License Recipients

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Ohio officials have selected 11 companies chosen to receive tier II medical marijuana grow licenses for operations up to 3,000 square.

House Bill 523 took effect on September 8, 2016, and legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. Now, the program has taken a major step toward serving patients in need.

The Ohio Department of Commerce announced that 11 companies have received licenses to grow medical marijuana. So far, the licenses awarded are for tier II growers with operations up to 3,000 square feet. Applicants were scored by the department based on their business plans and ability to meet the program’s financial obligations.


According to Cleveland.com, the following companies will be receiving the licenses:

  • Fire Rock Ltd., with sites in Columbus, Canton and Akron (Score 178.92 points)
  • FN Group Holdings LLC, Ravenna (176.76 points)
  • Mother Grows Best LLC, Canton (172 points)
  • OhiGrow LLC, Toledo (168.76 points)
  • Ancient Roots LLC, Wilmington (168.76 points)
  • Ohio Clean Leaf LLC, with sites in Dayton and Carroll (160.56 points)
  • Ascension BioMedical LLC in Oberlin (157.08 points)
  • Agri-Med Ohio LLC in Langsville (156.60 points)
  • Paragon Development Group LLC in Huber Heights (154.56 points)
  • Hemma LLC in Monroe (151.28 points)
  • Galenas LLC in Akron (148.92 points)

In total, the commerce department has received a total of 185 applications. There were 76 received for Tier II applications and 109 received for Tier I operations. Tier I license will allow for operations as large as 25,000 square feet.

Applications for edible makers and retail shops will be received by the commerce department throughout November and December.

Once Ohio’s medical marijuana program is online, residents 21 and over can qualify for a physician’s recommendation for the following list of qualifying conditions according to NORML:

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Pain that is either of the following nature: (i) Chronic and severe; or (ii) 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