According to the Department of Commerce, the 109 applications for Level I and 76 applications for Level II Cultivator licenses were received. The Level I cultivators will operate an initial marijuana cultivation area up to 25,000 square feet. Level II cultivators will be smaller with sites cultivating an area of 3,000 square feet.
Only licenses for 12 facilities for each level will be awarded. The applications do not have the locations included, but it was expected Ohio Therapeutics, LLC would be one of the applicants for a Level I Cultivator license. Ohio Therapeutics, LLC is filing an application for a Level I license in Racine, Ohio. The facility would be 25,000 square feet. It would mean a $10 million investment in development of the facility and create 40-50 full time jobs paying $15-$16 per hour with full benefits as well as 3-4 management positions paying 50k and up. The facility would be a Level I, which means it could possibly expand up to 75,000 square feet and more than 100 full time time positions. The medical marijuana grown at the facility would be shipped to another location for processing and distribution. The filing fee alone for the Level I license is a non-refundable $20,000. Applicants must meet certain financial criteria, have local approval for their proposed site and demonstrate the facility will be secured by fencing, 24-hour surveillance and security alarms, among other requirements.
In September 2016, the Ohio legislature passed and Governor Kasich signed Ohio HB 523 legalizing medical marijuana in non-smoking, non-combustible forms.