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Fast Facts

House Bill 523, effective on September 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio.

The bill will allow people with certain medical conditions, upon the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the State 

Medical Board, to purchase and use medical marijuana.

Ohio became the 25th state to have legalized medical marijuana.

A resolution was passed by the Johnstown Village Council on August 16, 2016 that declares that it will not be “opting out” as allowed by the State law.

Johnstown is home to an industry leader in the fabrication of oil extraction devices used primarily in the medical marijuana industry, Apeks Supercritical.

We believe assisting in the future recruitment of research and development, operations, production, testing and other general business practices in the Village will generate well paying jobs and a sustainable tax base.

  • The State of Ohio grants villages/cities the broad authority to regulate the location, number and licensing of medical marijuana entities in their communities.

  • Under the new Ohio law, medical marijuana (cannabis) must be available for licensed patients by September 2018. 

  • The law prohibits marijuana use through smoking or combustion, or any form that is attractive to children. The law approves of oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles and patches.

  • No one is permitted to grow at home or consume for personal use.

  • Prospective medical marijuana facilities will begin applying for a limited number of state operating licenses, and if seeking a location within Johnstown, will need to comply with zoning and licensing requirements before opening for business.

Approved Medical Conditions
House Bill 523 will allow people with the following medical conditions and with the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the State Medical Board to purchase and use medical marijuana:

  • AIDS

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  • Cancer 

  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
    Crohn's disease

  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Glaucoma

  • Hepatitis C

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Multiple sclerosis
    Pain that is either chronic and  severe or 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

  • Any other disease or condition added by state medical board  (ORC 4731.302)



  • Application Acceptance Periods:
    Level II Cultivator Applications: June 5, 2017 – June 16, 2017 Level I Cultivator Applications: June 19, 2017 – June 30, 2017

  • Beginning September 9, 2018, the State may issue additional
    cultivator permits if the number of patients seeking to use medical marijuana support additional licenses.

  • Those seeking a Level I permit cannot apply for a Level II permit and vice versa.

  • Level I:

    • 12 grower licenses

    • 25,000 sq ft.

    • expandable to 50,000 sq.ft. and 75,000 sq.ft.

  • Level II:

    • ​12 grower licenses

    • 3,000 sq ft.

    • expandable to 6,000 sq. ft.​

  • Cultivation facilities must be 500 feet from public schools, churches, daycare, public libraries and public parks.

  • To apply for a state license, an application must contain:

    • Business Plan

    • Operation Plan​​

    • Quality Assurance Plan

    • Security Plan

    • Financial Plan

  • Only one provisional license or certificate of operation per applicant

  • Plant waste can be sent to a landfill or recycled by composting in approved manner.



  • Beginning September 8, 2018, the State may issue up to 40 processor provisional licenses, with no more than 10 processor provisional licenses being issued in any one designated territory.

  • Beginning September 9, 2018, the State may issue additional provisional licenses for processors, if the patient population, demand for medical marijuana products and available approved forms support additional licenses.

  • To apply for a state license, an applicant must contain:

    • Business Plan

    • Operation Plan​​

    • Quality Assurance Plan

    • Security Plan

    • Financial Plan

  • Applicants will address the following:

    • Principal Place of Business: Provide documentation establishing that its principal place of business is headquartered in Ohio (include names, addresses, and verification of any persons associated with the applicant that have established residency in Ohio).  Provide a plan for generating Ohio-based jobs and economic development. 

    • Environmental Plan: Demonstrate an environmental plan of action to minimize the carbon footprint, energy usage, environmental impact, and resource needs for the production of medical marijuana. Describe any plans for the use of energy efficient lighting, use of alternative energy, the treatment of waste water and runoff, and scrubbing or treatment of exchanged air. 

    • Employment Practices: Demonstrate a plan of action to hire and educate minorities, women, veterans, disabled persons, and Ohio residents. 

    • Verification of Economically Disadvantaged Groups

    • Research Plan: Provide the department with a detailed proposal to conduct or facilitate a scientific study or studies related to the medicinal use of marijuana.

  • A processor shall ensure that a consistent supply of medical marijuana products is available to be sold to licensed dispensaries.

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