Toledo medical marijuana grower could lose Ohio cultivation license

Ohio regulators are in the process of revoking a medical marijuana cultivation license from a small-scale grower awarded a provisional license in November.

OhiGrow LLC, which received a license to grow 3,000 square feet of marijuana, hasn’t made “a good faith effort” to establish its facility in Toledo, according to Ohio Department of Commerce officials.

Mark Hamlin, policy director at the Ohio Department of Commerce, said the company was generally non-responsive and said in its extension request it would begin construction in July — weeks shy of the deadline for provisional licensees to be operational.

“We determined that didn’t meet the standards for the director to grant an extension,” Hamlin told the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee during its meeting Thursday.

OhiGrow can appeal the department’s decision.

OhiGrow is owned by Carl Boyar, who owns a medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois, according to license application records. Boyar did not immediately return a request for comment.

The department awarded provisional licenses to 12 small-scale growers and 12 large-scale growers in November 2017. Each had nine months to build and set up their facilities to meet the law’s obligations to begin growing medical marijuana. The department awarded an additional license in May to an applicant affected by a data entry error and one in July to an applicant that appealed its rejection.

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