First medical marijuana growers approved

Medical Marijuana

(Cleveland) - Ohio has chosen its first 11 growers for its medical marijuana program, but it could be months before they can start their first crop.

Brian Adams is director of faculty at the Cleveland School of Cannabis, and says the announcement comes as good news. 

The college trains students to enter the medical marijuana industry. Adams hopes marijuana growing will be allowed soon. 

The smaller growers announced Friday by the Department of Commerce would cultivate up to 3,000 square feet. 

That's a small portion of the anticipated cultivation. Up to a dozen larger growers for sites up to 25,000 square feet are expected to be announced later this month.

The 11 chosen growers applied for sites in Butler, Clinton, Fairfield, Franklin, Lorain, Lucas, Meigs, Montgomery, Portage, Stark and Summit counties. 

Two companies applied for multiple locations and must decide on one.These companies will get provisional licenses but can't immediately begin growing marijuana. 

They must first get their businesses operational and have a state team visit their facilities.

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