OHIO MISSES MANDATORY SEPTEMBER 8 DEADLINE

Ohio has missed its September 8th deadline for the start of the medical marijuana program.  While this is not a surprise for people who have been following recent developments, it is surprising that the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has not issued a public statement providing information on the delay.  The the Medical Marijuana Control Program Law states in Section 3 that the Department of Commerce and State Board of Pharmacy must take all actions necessary to ensure that the Medical Marijuana Control Program established is fully operational in two years.  The law does not indicate what happens if the state misses the deadline.  Of a greater concern is the uncertainty that this creates for business owners and investors who are waiting on the start of the program to generate revenue and recoup investments.  The Medical Marijuana Control Program should be transparent about the current process and issue a revised deadline so that business owners can plan accordingly.