Two years ago this week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a medical marijuana bill into law, allowing Buckeye State residents to use cannabis oils, edibles, patches, or vapable flower to treat a wide variety of conditions. The original law mandated that the state’s Medical Marijuana Control Program be fully operational by September 8th of this year, but numerous delays in the state’s licensing process have prevented cultivators from planting their seeds early enough to meet the deadline and bring crops to market.
By last June, the state Department of Commerce had received nearly 200 applications for cannabis cultivators, and it took officials five months to complete the review process and award winning licenses. Several of the applicants who were denied immediately filed lawsuits, arguing that the state’s licensing process was deeply flawed. The suits alleged that one individual who was hired to score