Alert: Division of Cannabis Control – CSI Public Comment Period The Division of Cannabis Control (“DCC” or “the Division”) is submitting the following proposed rules to the Common Sense Initiative

Division of Cannabis Control – CSI Public Comment Period
The Division of Cannabis Control (“DCC” or “the Division”) is submitting the following proposed rules to the Common Sense Initiative and seeking public comment by Wednesday, March 13, 2024.
 
OAC 1301:18-2-03 CANNABIS SOCIAL EQUITY AND JOBS PROGRAM (New)
  • In coordination with the Cannabis Social Equity & Jobs Program (CSEJ) to be established by the Ohio Department of Development (Development), the Division of Cannabis Control will provide notice in advance of the application period for which preference will be given to participants in the program. 
  • Non-medical cannabis license applications receiving preference under the CSEJ program cannot be made available until the CSEJ program is operational through Development. 
OAC 1301:18-2-04 ADDITIONAL CANNABIS OPERATOR LICENSES (New)
  • Pursuant to O.R.C. 3780.10, the Division will review the number of cannabis operator licenses 24 months after the first issuance of an adult use operator license, and on a biannual basis thereafter. The Division may authorize additional application periods.
OAC 1301:18-2-06 “10(B)” DISPENSARIES (New)
  • Pursuant to O.R.C. 3780.10(B), the following licenses (i.e., “10(B)” dispensary licenses) must be issued:
  • For a Level I medical marijuana cultivator with a certificate of operation or provisional license: 3 dispensary licenses per entity at locations designated in a license application.
  • For a Level II medical marijuana cultivator with a certificate of operation or provisional license: 1 dispensary license per entity at a location designated in a license application.
  • For a medical marijuana dispensary with a certificate of operation or provisional license, which does not have any common ownership or control with any cultivator or processor: 1 dispensary license per entity at a location designated in a license application.
  • To meet the application and timeframe requirements set in statute, the Division proposes the process prescribed in the rules.
  • Please review the Business Impact Analysis for more information.
The Business Impact Analysis and full text of the proposed rules can be found here.
 
Stakeholders may submit comments to DCCRules@com.ohio.gov and CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.
 
The Division will review and consider the comments received prior to submitting the proposed rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review in accordance with Chapter 119 of the Ohio Revised Code. 

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