Ohio's Price for Medical Cannabis Lower than Surrounding States – Cannabis Business Times

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The Ohio Medical Cannabis Industry Association (OMCIA) recently completed a survey of state-published pricing data across neighboring states with medical cannabis programs to find out how Ohio prices compare.
Columbus, Ohio – Aug. 5, 2022 – The Ohio Medical Cannabis Industry Association (OMCIA) recently completed a survey of state published pricing data across neighboring states with medical marijuana programs to find out how prices in Ohio really compare. We learned that after a little more than three years Ohio’s price for plant material (flower) is significantly lower than Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Maryland at $8.89 per gram. State published data is based on the price the patient actually pays including discounts, sales and taxes.
“There is a misunderstanding that the legislature needs to award more cultivation space to bring prices down to compete with neighboring states. OMCIA’s research clearly shows that Ohio is already competing with neighboring states. In fact, we are leading,” commented Matt Close, executive director of the OMCIA. “Existing operators already have the ability to expand but many are holding off due to inflation, high construction costs and a flat patient count.”
Last fall the state legislature introduced Senate Bill 261 (SB 261), a bill that would streamline the Medical Marijuana Control Program by consolidating oversight under the Department of Commerce. Contained in this bill were two provisions to drastically increase available cultivation space and award several new cultivation licenses to applicants who were initially disqualified in the highly competitive license application process.
Currently, cultivators in the program are allowed to expand their canopy space twice after their initial build out. Once they have demonstrated they are operating at full capacity they can request approval to expand from the state. To date, twenty-nine of thirty-seven cultivators are operational and only a third have applied for the first expansion since October 2021.
“It is important to time expansion carefully to meet patient demand and avoid the oversupply problems experienced by other states. After more than three years Ohio’s program only supports 148,950 active patients and that number is growing at a very slow rate,” Close said. “This is a limited market where patients must have one of 25 severe medical conditions and a physician’s recommendation to qualify for a card.  Even then, their purchasing limit is capped at one of the lowest in the country. Overexpansion can lead to oversupply, driving businesses out of business and sending excess medical marijuana into the illicit market.”
With Ohio’s pricing trending in the right direction, it is clear the program has properly balanced medical marijuana supply with demand. The OMCIA continues to urge the state legislature to remove the  unnecessary additional expansion measures in SB 261 and focus on consolidating the program under the Department of Commerce, an initiative that will further reduce prices by eliminating redundant program oversight.
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Chong will be honored at Cannabis Conference 2022 (Aug. 23-25) in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS, NV / Aug. 5, 2022– Cannabis Conference and award-winning media brand Cannabis Business Times are excited to announce Tommy Chong as their inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The award, which recognizes Chong’s many contributions to the industry, will be presented at a special Cannabis Leadership Awards reception—made possible with the generous support of FOHSE – Future of Horticultural Science + Engineering—Aug. 24 at Cannabis Conference.
From his rock ‘n’ roll-inflected youth in Canada to his counterculture-defining roles in Hollywood, Chong has spent his life standing up for creativity and freedom of expression. This is now most evident in his approach to the legal cannabis industry, where Chong maintains a deeply rooted sense of respect for the plant. His latest venture, for instance, Cheech & Chong’s Takeout, is a California delivery service that keeps one foot in the lore of tradition while meeting the legal market where it is today. He also pioneered the celebrity brand landscape with Tommy Chong’s Cannabis, which features a robust line of THC and CBD cannabis products. And, along with longtime partner Cheech Marin, Chong’s focus is now centered on the duo’s “Cheech and Chong’s Cannabis,” which provides flower and multiple other products in markets across the U.S.
Chong’s voice (and his sense of humor) have helped elevate the nation’s cannabis conversation—and its consciousness, and in no small way helped pave the way to today’s legal cannabis industry.
“We are truly honored to recognize Tommy’s longtime contributions to advancing cannabis culture and using his fame to help normalize cannabis and advocate for its legalization,” said Noelle Skodzinski, editorial director of Cannabis Conference and Cannabis Business Times.
Chong will be recognized alongside the 2022 Cannabis Leadership Awards recipients, who were nominated by their peers and selected for demonstrating the leadership qualities needed to inspire and empower those around them, and who aim to better the industry and their communities.
The 2022 Cannabis Leadership Awards winners are:
“We’re honored to return for the second year as the sponsor of the Cannabis Leadership Awards, as well as presenting Tommy Chong with Cannabis Conference/Cannabis Business Times’ first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Ben Arnet, co-founder and president of Fohse. “We at Fohse congratulate and celebrate Tommy and this year’s Cannabis Leadership Awards winners.”
Chong will be featured in the October issue of Cannabis Business Times, and the Cannabis Leadership Awards recipients are featured in the August issue.
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Honorees will be celebrated at Cannabis Conference 2022 (Aug. 23-25) in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. / Aug. 5, 2022– Cannabis Conference and award-winning media brand Cannabis Business Times are excited to announce the recipients of the 2022 Cannabis Leadership Awards. The awards, now in their second year, recognize cannabis industry professionals who demonstrate the leadership qualities needed to inspire and empower those around them, and who aim to better the industry and their communities.
The 2022 Cannabis Leadership Awards winners are:
Award recipients were selected from hundreds of nominations of cannabis industry professionals from cultivation and/or vertically integrated companies (with cultivation and retail operations) in North America. Winners of the Cannabis Leadership Awards—made possible with the generous support of FOHSE – Future of Horticultural Science + Engineering—will be recognized at a special awards reception at Cannabis Conference 2022 and are featured in a special supplement of Cannabis Business Times magazine.
“We are proud to recognize these amazing individuals who have harnessed their passion for cannabis and stood out as true leaders making a positive impact on the world around them—through building employee culture, giving back to their communities, working to further cannabis legalization and regulations, prioritizing social equity and/or sustainability, and more,” said Noelle Skodzinski, editorial director of Cannabis Conference and Cannabis Business Times.
“At Fohse, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of advancing the cannabis industry,” said Brett Stevens, co-founder and CEO of Fohse. “We know what it takes to truly be innovative and invest in a brighter future for our industry, and there’s no better way to celebrate the future than by honoring the leaders who are helping to shape this industry and the communities around them for the better.”
Tommy Chong to Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award
Tommy Chong, famed actor, comedian, musician and one of cannabis culture’s most prominent faces, will also be presented at the reception with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to the industry. Chong has been a trailblazer in the cannabis world, using his fame to advocate for legalization and normalize and destigmatize cannabis use for many years. He also has taken an active role in the legal cannabis industry; his latest venture, Cheech & Chong’s Takeout, is a California delivery service that keeps one foot in the lore of tradition while meeting the legal market where it is today. He also has pioneered his well-known Tommy Chong’s Cannabis brand featuring a robust line of THC and CBD cannabis products. Chong will also be featured in the October issue of Cannabis Business Times.
About Cannabis Conference
Cannabis Conference 2022, produced by the award-winning Cannabis Business Times media brand, is the leading educational provider for plant-touching businesses in the legal cannabis and hemp markets. The three-day event will take place at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Aug. 23-25, 2022, and features more than 90 expert speakers and 40 educational sessions. The Cannabis Conference exhibition hall will feature 85,000 square feet of industry-leading technologies, solutions and services that help cannabis cultivators, retailers and processors take their businesses to the next level. For more information, visit www.CannabisConference.com.
About GIE Media
GIE Media was founded in 1980 and has grown over 42 years into a leading marketing and communications business-to-business media company serving 17 industries, including the horticulture industry through its Horticulture Group (Greenhouse Management, Produce Grower, Nursery Management, Garden Center and Cannabis Business Times). The company employs nearly 100 editors, publishers, sales representatives, marketers and other professionals. For more information, visit www.GIEMedia.com.
The department is looking for one public member, two handlers/processors, and six growers/producers.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is looking for nine volunteers to serve as Hemp Commissioners.
According to a press release, the department is seeking one public member, two handlers/processors, and six growers/producers. Four producer positions will be divided to represent the Central, Eastern, Northwest and Southwest regions in Oregon, while the two other will represent the state at large.
The qualifications to apply for the above positions are as follows:

The deadline to apply is Aug. 22, and those hired will begin their terms on or before Sept. 25, according to the release.
A public comment period is now open on the draft regulations, which would implement recommendations from the state’s Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force.
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) announced Aug. 3 that it has proposed rules to create the Social Equity in Cannabis Program, launching a public comment period on the draft regulations.
The Social Equity in Cannabis program is in response to recommendations from the state’s Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force, as well as other statutory requirements, according to the LCB’s bulletin.
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The LCB’s proposal would create a regulatory framework to distribute cannabis business licenses that are available from retail licenses that have been forfeited, revoked or canceled by the board, as well as retail licenses that were never previously issued by regulators.
The draft rules would also change the word “marijuana” to “cannabis” throughout the LCB’s regulations to implement Second Substitute House Bill 1210, which passed in the 2022 legislative session.
The LCB will hold a public hearing on the proposed rules during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 14.
Those wishing to provide public comment on the proposal may also do so by emailing rules@lcb.wa.gov.
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