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2 Regulations You Need to Know When Starting Your Own Cannabis Business


As states continue to legalize marijuana, many people want to open dispensaries in Ohio. Unfortunately, the recreational use of marijuana is still illegal in Ohio, which means those looking to break into the marijuana business must open medical dispensaries. If you’re interested in opening a dispensary, here are two key regulations you’ll have to follow.

Entity Distance from Public Spaces

As written in Ohio law, dispensaries cannot be located within five hundred feet of a school, church, public library, public playground, or public park. When measuring the distance of the property lines, administrators will measure at the closest point of the property lines of the medical marijuana entity and the prohibited facility.

Therefore, it’s wise to steer as clear as you can from one of these prohibited facilities to make sure your property meets the required distance.

Criminal Records Check

Ohio laws bar individuals from creating cannabis businesses if they are convicted of certain disqualifying offenses. Therefore, Ohio bans certain convicts from obtaining a medical marijuana license.

A conviction of one of the disqualifying offenses could result in a ban from obtaining a license, but some convictions are eligible for “time forgiveness.” For time forgiven convictions, an applicant will receive a post-conviction license if more than five years have passed since the convict plead guilty or was convicted of the crime.

If you’ve been convicted of a crime or are unsure how close your potential business is from a prohibited facility, it’s important to talk to a cannabis attorney today. Call (614) 707-4239 now for a free consultation concerning your potential business.