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Medical Cannabis Program 

On May 25, 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed Substitute House Bill 523 (“H.B. 523”), which, among other items, authorizes the Ohio Department of Commerce to issue licenses to medical marijuana cultivators, processors, and testing laboratories (collectively, “Medical Marijuana Businesses”).  H.B. 523 also explicitly authorizes municipal corporations to prohibit, or limit the number of, cultivators, processors, or retail dispensaries.

H.B. 523 was signed into law by Ohio Governor John Kasich and thereafter became effective on September 9, 2016.  Final rules implementing the bill’s medical marijuana program must be completed on or before September 8, 2017, and the Medical Marijuana Control Program must be operational on or before September 8, 2018.



Jim Lenner

Village of Johnstown

Village Manager/Planner

740-967-3177 ext 4

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