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Carmen Fultz, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, sorts the male and female marijuana plants inside a Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.
David Dermer / Associated Press

Several large and small cultivators of marijuana for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program say they plan to be harvesting their products soon. But that doesn’t mean patients will be able to buy it anytime soon.

Auditor: Multiple Errors In Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

Sep 13, 2018
A medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.
Richard Vogel / Associated Press

The state auditor says Ohio's process for selecting medical marijuana grower applicants suffered from numerous errors and inconsistencies.

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Gosia Wozniacka / Associated Press

The director of Ohio's Department of Commerce says work continues to get the state's medical marijuana program fully up and running, but she's not sure when any pot will be available on dispensary shelves.

A medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.
Richard Vogel / Associated Press

While Ohio blew past the deadline Saturday for rolling out its medical marijuana program, the pot industry is confident greener days are coming soon.

Marijuana plants
Jim Mone / AP

The state has issued the first license for a large-scale medical marijuana cultivator under Ohio’s medical marijuana program.

A medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.
Richard Vogel / Associated Press

Ohio’s medical marijuana program has seen court challenges by rejected applicants, inspections issues, and other problems. And now there’s yet another delay in the program, which was supposed to be up and running in less than two months.

Eric Gay / Associated Press

For the first time, a company has been given the go-ahead to start growing marijuana in Ohio. The group just received an official cultivator license from the state.

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The state’s medical marijuana program is not going to be ready for patients on the scheduled start date on September 8. And there's no clear idea on when it will begin.

Eric Gay / Associated Press

Ohio said Tuesday that it will not have medical marijuana available by the September 8 deadline.

A medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.
Richard Vogel / Associated Press

Ohio’s medical marijuana program likely won’t be fully grown by the fall.

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Gosia Wozniacka / Associated Press

Ohio’s Auditor says it’s probably too late for the state Department of Commerce to pause its medical marijuana processes to fix problems. He’s telling the department to focus now instead on defending lawsuits.

A medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.
Richard Vogel / Associated Press

The agency that oversees Ohio’s medical marijuana program admits there are problems with the scoring process used to grant medical marijuana growing licenses. 

Legal Marijuana Oregon
Gosia Wozniacka / Associated Press

Ohio’s auditor has found a big problem with the process for scoring applications from those interested in growing medical marijuana for the state’s new program.

Legal Marijuana Oregon
Gosia Wozniacka / Associated Press

State Auditor Dave Yost says questions about past drug convictions of a consultant who played a key role in Ohio’s new medical marijuana program, set to begin operation in September, need to be addressed now. And he says it’s time for an investigation.

Legal Marijuana Oregon
Gosia Wozniacka / Associated Press

The Ohio Department of Commerce has chosen the 12 companies that will be given licenses to operate large-scale medical marijuana growing farms. They also chose a final small grower, rounding out the list of 24 companies authorized to produce medical marijuana under a new system expected to go live by September.

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