Nine apply to test medical marijuana in Central Ohio

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Central Ohio won’t have any medical marijuana growers when Ohio’s program begins, but it could be home to several testing labs.

Three of the nine applicants to test medical marijuana plant material and products listed central Ohio sites on their applications, according to records released Friday by the Ohio Department of Commerce. A fourth listed a Worthington business address. Two companies listed sites in Northeast Ohio (Akron and Streetsboro) and one applied for a site in Toledo.

Central State University in Wilberforce and Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville were the only two public colleges to apply.

Ohio’s medical marijuana law requires all marijuana to be tested for quality and potency by an independent lab. Marijuana cultivator, processor and dispensary owners cannot be involved in a testing lab operation.

The law also limited licenses to public colleges and universities for one year. The state’s large universities declined to get involved, causing concerns that the program could be delayed past its statutory September 2018 deadline. The commerce department has since interpreted the law to mean one year from when any marijuana business license application is accepted, or June 2018.

There is no limit to the number of testing lab licenses the department can award.

The seven private entities that applied include out-of-state players and Columbus-based Battelle Memorial Institute, which lobbied state regulators to open the door for it and others to test marijuana.

The records released Friday included the proposed testing lab location and primary contact for each but did not include information about others who own or have a stake in the companies.

Here’s what we know about the private testing lab applicants.

ACT Laboratories Inc., Toledo: Operates labs in Michigan and Illinois and is one of two labs awarded licenses to test cannabis in Pennsylvania, which is also in the process of setting up its medical marijuana program.

Akrivis Lab LLC, TBD: Kavi Nithyanandam, president and CEO of central Ohio technology consulting company Lantrasoft, is listed as the managing member.

Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus: The research and development nonprofit let its interest in testing marijuana be known earlier this year when it submitted comments on the regulations for testing labs. Battelle plans to study cannabis at its Maryland facility.

CAS Laboratories LLC (trade name Cannabis Analytical Solutions), Columbus: Mark Fashian is listed as the company’s CEO. Fashian is the president of Midwest Analytical Solutions, LLC, according to his LinkedIn profile. The company distributes scientific equipment, according to government contract records.

Keystone State Testing of Ohio LLC, Columbus: The company is a subsidiary of the other company licensed to test medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

North Coast Testing Laboratories LLC, Streetsboro: The site address listed on the application currently houses North Coast Environmental Laboratories LLC, which performs tests for drinking water, industrial waste and other organic compounds.

QualesOH, Akron: The company is affiliated with Quales LLC, which is licensed to test marijuana in Maryland. Manoj Adusumilli is listed as the Ohio owner. Adusumilli is a design and innovations strategist at Med-Strategies, a Virginia health care billing and business services company, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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Ohio medical marijuana processor applicants

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Most of the winners of provisional licenses to grow marijuana have also applied to become processors under Ohio’s medical marijuana program along with several familiar names from Greater Cincinnati.

Eleven of the 12 winners of the large-scale cultivation licenses – and possibly all 12 pending a slight name difference – applied to become processors, according to a list released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Commerce. Nine of the 12 awarded Level II licenses for smaller grow operations also applied as processors.

The list of 104 applicants for the 40 available processor licenses did not include site addresses, but many cultivators indicated they would want to do processing on the same site.

Four Greater Cincinnati cultivation applicants also applied for the processing licenses.

Among the most notable local bids making another run is Cincinnati-based CannAscend LLC led by Jimmy Gould and Columbus’ Ian James. They’re currently fighting the Ohio Commerce Department after being turned down for a cultivator license.

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Other firms with local ties that have applied after submitting bids for cultivation licenses are:

  • Ancient Roots LLC, which was approved for a small cultivation site in Wilmington
  • Columbia Care OH LLC, which was approved for a large cultivation site in Mount Orab
  • Pallia Tech Ohio LLC, which applied for processing sites in Woodlawn and Amelia after it was denied its bid for grow sites in Woodlawn and London.

As with the other categories, there’s a heady mix of locals and well-established industry titans from California and Colorado.

 

Ohio medical marijuana processor applicants list
Name Of Applicant Contact Name Dispensary Applicant? Granted Cultivator License?
3796 Ltd. Karn Singh
Advacine LLC Harris Silver
Agri_Med Enterprises Inc. Charles Griffith yes
Ancient Roots LLC David Haley Level II
Appalachian Pharm Processing LLC Seth Stockmeister
Ascension BioMedical LLC Fadi Boumtri Level II
AT_CPC of Ohio LLC Adam Thomarios shares representative with Curated Leaf Level I
Beneleaves Ltd. Peggy Jones_Hollenback
Bloom OH LLC Terrence O’Donnell
Buckeye Botanicals Alexandira Ianni yes
Buckeye Relief LLC Andrew Raybrun yes Level I
CannaMed Therapeutics Processing LLC Todd Yaross yes
CannaNet Therapeutics LLC Edward Spellman
CannAscend Processing LLC James Gould yes
Certified Cultivators LLC Michael Weprin yes
Cielo Processing LLC Reg Friesan yes
Clear Water labs LLC Sandra Fekete shares representatives with Green Health Dispensaries LLC
Columbia Care OH LLC Nicholas Vita yes Level I
Consortium Health Ohio LLC Jose Hialgo
Corsa Verde Bryan Hill yes
Cresco Labs Ohio LLC Chris Schrimpf yes Level I
Crooked River Medical Solutions LLC Christopher Galgoczy
Dayton Infusion Products LLC Sapna Gupta yes
Debbie’s Processing Ohio LLC Sara Pressler yes
Diamond Science LLC Robert Landis shares representative with Bridge City Collective Level II, as Ohio Clean Leaf
Diamond Science LLC(Carroll) Robert Landis shares representative with Bridge City Collective
Farmaceutical RX LLC Rebecca Myers yes
Fire Rock Ltd. Matthew Noyes Level II
FN Group Holdings Claire Hobson Level II
Franklin BioScience OH LLC Jeremy Kahn
Galenas Labs LLC Geoffrey Korff yes Level II
Goodtree Healthcare Eugene Shetnygarts yes
GourMed Processor LLC Aaron Avery yes
Green Investment Partners LLC Loribeth Steiner yes
Greenleaf (Middlefield) David Neundorffer yes
Greenleaf (Willoughby) David Neundorffer yes
Greenmile Solutions LLC Jazmyn Stover shares representative with three applicants
Grow Ohio Pharmaceuticals Mel Kurtz Level I
Growth Orchard Partners LLC Craig Rowe
GTI Ohio LLC Bret Kravitz
Harvest Processing LLC Steve White
Healing V LLC Lori Fry yes
Health for Life Ohio LLC Elizabeth Stavola shares representative with Greenmart of Ohio
Hemma Extracts LLC Elizabeth Van Dulmon Level II, as Hemma
Holistic Industries Ohio LLC Josh Genderson
HVV Mission Ohio LLC Michael Reardon yes
Innovative Healing Solutions LLC Candace Moeller
JG Ohio LLC Jamil Taylor yes
LabCare Solutions LLC Wael Hassan
Lake Front Medical LLC David Guray yes
Mahoning Valley Manufacturer LLC Thomas Ryan yes
Marichon Pharma LLC Darren Anderson
MC2P LLC Brian Scotese yes
MD Processing LLC (Middlefield) Mario Petrino
MD Processing LLC (Warren) Mario Petrino
MD Processing LLC (Youngstown) Mario Petrino
Mer_It Releaf Ltd. Edwardy Hayin yes
Mother Grows Best LLC Sam Dorf yes Level II
Natural Meds LLC Julie Wentworth
Nature’s Grace and Wellness Timothy O’Heron
New Extracts of Ohio LLC Robert Windsor
NMG Ohio LLC Robert Hasman yes
Nochra Labs LLC Nicole Ross
North Coast Therapeutics Stephen Ernst shares representative with Great Lakes Medicinal
OH_Gro LLC Darlene Mager yes
Ohio Craft Cultivators LLC Anthony DiLorenzo yes
Ohio Green Grow LLC Steven Neisman
Ohio Green Grow LLC Steven Weisman
Ohio Green Systems LLC Fabio Salerno
Ohio Grown Therapies LLC Andy Joseph yes
Ohio Medical Solutions Amber Scimpa
Ohio Processing Plant LLC Brian Wingfield shares representative with Ohio Cannabis Clinic
Ohio Releaf VII LLC (Columbus) Scott Pickett yes
Ohio Releaf VII LLC (Richmond Heights) Scott Pickett yes
Ohm Industries LLC James Keyes
OPC Processing LLC Jeff McCourt yes, as OPC Retail Level I, as OPC Cultivation
Pallia Tech Ohio LLC (Amelia) Jonathan Faucher
Pallia Tech Ohio LLC (Woodlawn) Jonathan Faucher
Parma Wellness Center LLC Steve Dimon Level I
Patient Relief of Ohio LLC (Garfield Heights) Brian Taubman
Patient Relief of Ohio LLC (Warren) Brian Taubman
Pharmacann Labs Ltd. Edward Pomerairig
PharmaCann Ohio LLC Teddy Scott yes
Piedmont MedMar LLC Alex Rakic yes, as PMM Disp
Pure OH LLC Jill Lamarouex yes
Pure Ohio Processing LLC Todd Appelbaum yes
Pure Ohio Wellness LLC James Pegram yes Level I
Purpose Leaf LLC Kimberly Farmer yes
Quest Wellness Ohio III LLC Herbert Washington yes
Real Growth Investments II LLC Glen Meert
Richmond Heights Medical Solution LLC James Buchanan yes, under different city names
Riviera Creek Holdings II Chris Stock Level I
Schottenstein Aphria II LLC Benton Kraner yes
Silphium Extracts LLC David Moorhead yes
Soloman Cultivation Corporation Jacqueline Solomon
Somerset Cultivation Group LLC Kenneth Krismanth
Standard Farms Ohio LLC Peter Bio
Standard Wellness Company LLC Erik Vaughan yes, 5 under “The Forest” and city names Level I
Strive Wellness of Ohio LLC Ronald Farkas Level II, as Farkas Farms
Superlite LLC Ramamoorthy Ramasmay
Terraddiol Ohio LLC Ben Dublin Level I
Under the Water Tower 2 Dana Smoot yes, as Puro Verde
Word Cannabis LLC Irina Klegher
Xtract Grouop LLC Susan Kroneberger

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Terradiol Ohio LLC (Canton, Stark County) – CEO John Vavalo

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John Vavalo, founder and CEO of Terradiol, lightly rocked on his feet as he answered questions in 30-degree weather.

A medical marijuana businessman for three years, Vavalo talked to The Canton Repository outside the vacant commercial building at 3800 Harmont Ave. NE. It’s the largest grow site approved in Canton.

Terradiol operates a 90,000-square-foot cultivation and processing facility and is constructing four dispensaries in New York, where it has headquarters in Syracuse. The company formed an Ohio LLC to operate the Canton site.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, which is scheduled to be fully operational by September 2018, awarded Terradiol one of 12 licenses to cultivate up to 25,000 square feet of cannabis plants. Vavalo said he planned to apply for a processor license, which was due Friday, while visiting Ohio this week.

Vavalo also answered questions about Terradiol and the company’s plans for Canton:

What does Terradiol do?

It’s a biopharmaceutical company. “So, different from the traditional model of thinking that cannabis is a smokable product. What we’re doing here is we’re actually making pills, sublinguals, tinctures, sprays and a vape product that gives good, immediate results.”

Terradiol’s management company provides services to other companies but does not currently operate any facilities outside New York. The company has applied to operate in a few other states, such as Maryland and Arkansas.

John-Vavalo- CEO Terradiol-Ohio

What’s the difference between a cultivator and processor?

A cultivator license, which Terradiol received, allows companies to grow, harvest and dry cannabis. A processor license allows companies to extract oils and make medications. (A dispensary license, which Terradiol is not seeking, allows companies to sell the final product).

Terradiol also is seeking a license to process cannabis on Harmont Avenue. The company would use large, CO2 extractors and a “supercritical CO2 process” to extract essential oils and cannabinoids from plants. “What you’re left with is a concentrated goo. It’s a green, liquid material that is very viscous, and it’s full of cannabinoids.” The material then continues through additional processing steps.

Why operate in Canton?

“We looked at a lot of different locations around the state of Ohio. This one, they were really welcoming. It was a great community. We found some really good landlords here, and everybody was very supportive of the project.” Canton also is “really well geographically situated.”

What is planned for the building?

“We like to take buildings from the community that are kind of run down or need to be updated to bring value back to the area, and that’s what we’re going to do with this building.” Terradiol plans to invest between $5 and $7 million in the former flea market and grocery store at 3800 Harmont Ave. NE. “We’re going to completely renovate the entire facility, gut it to the studs and re-renovate it with a grow facility on one side and, we hope, a processor on the other side.”

The large-scale, or Level I, cultivator license allows up to 25,000 square feet of grow space. “This site’s actually really well suited for that because all the ancillary services, in addition to the canopy, actually takes up about this entire facility.” There is enough room in the 58,000-square-foot building to cultivate and process cannabis and, if needed, expand. “We can grow here into what we believe would satisfy the market demand (in Ohio), the way the program is structured today.”

When will work be done?

“We have most of our architectural details done. We obviously have a time constraint given to us by the state to get up and running. We’re just planning on hitting that. So, we’ll be up and active by September.”

How secure will the facility be?

“We have a lot of very interesting proprietary techniques that we utilize to make sure that our facilities are secure.” Security includes facial recognition on cameras and the staff badge system. There will be a perimeter outside the facility to keep trespassers out. Vavalo said Terradiol doesn’t reveal details of security, but it’s “very extensive.”

What will the hiring process involve?

The company plans to hire 15 to 25 employees between May and July. “We will ramp up aggressively over time with that.” Terradiol will hire another five to 10 employees if the state awards the company a processing license. “We have the wide gamut of positions. We have security officers. We have maintenance personnel right through to your people that are working your quality labs and have PhDs.”

Terradiol plans to hire workers from the local community. To apply, resumes can be sent to jobs@terradiol.com.

 

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Ohio police departments are learning how to interpret the law and medical marijuana in the new year. So they are turning to experts from Colorado for direction on arrests, cases and how to handle the drug in the field.

Blue Ash Police Chief Paul Hartinger said medical marijuana presents a new era for law enforcement and that’s why he wants to make sure his officers are ready.

“I think it’s imperative to keep my officers up to speed, every day, every month, every week, whatever it is,” Hartinger said.

Hartinger is big on training and now his focus is shifting to medical marijuana.

“What are the things that I need to know on the streets so that I do my job well and do it right but still enforce the laws that are on the books?” Hartinger said.

In order to get a better idea, he brought in a former prosecutor from Colorado last week to read Ohio’s law and help his officers navigate a budding industry in 2018.

“If I look in the car and I see something that just absolutely looks illegal, for instance, the paraphernalia, may not be illegal next year,” he said.

He’s been reading through more than 80 pages trying to understand the law.

He expects 2018 will be interesting in the world of medical marijuana.

His big concerns are understanding medical marijuana cards, determining who has permission to carry marijuana in different forms and how to handle potential OVIs and violations in court.

He wants to make sure the drug is available for legal users, but admits the unknown could hamper arrests for abusers.

“There’s going to be some hesitance because if somebody does produce a card or looks like it’s a valid card, some officers may just find it, they may not have the information readily available to know whether or not it’s enough for an offense,” Hartinger told WLWT.

Some communities, such as Blue Ash, are banning dispensaries while others are choosing moratoriums.

Companies approved by the state to run dispensaries are expected to be up and running by September 2018.

Hartinger said that means officers will have to consider the law and rules for those businesses and take into consideration their safety and security and the expectations from police.

“My guys have to be on top of it every day,” he said.

The chief said more visits from experts are likely to help officers navigate medical marijuana because there are plenty more questions.

He said there are about 2,300 officers in Hamilton County.

Hartinger hopes the state and local governments will collaborate on more training for officers across Ohio to make sure the law is handled correctly.

WLWT also reached out the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office for any insight into preparations for potential medical marijuana cases.

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 Cresco Labs in Ohio held a groundbreaking event

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Growing marijuana for medicinal purposes is about to begin in Ohio. A company called Cresco Labs held a groundbreaking event on Thursday in a corn field in Yellow Springs, where the company will build a 50,000 square-foot greenhouse to grow medical marijuana.

The field is next to Antioch University Midwest. Cresco Labs is one of 12 companies licensed by Ohio to grow medical pot on an industrial sale.

“Proud to announce to Ohio that relief has arrived,” Cresco Labs CEO Charles Bachtell said to a supportive crowd during the groundbreaking.

Bachtell praised Ohio’s new medical marijuana program and the small village of Yellow Springs.

“Cresco Labs is incredibly excited to now officially be a member of the Yellow Springs community,” Bachtell said. “You want to make sure that the community that you’re building this building and this enterprise in is supportive of it, that they want it in the community and that they want to be a part of it. It’s important for not only us as an operator, but it’s critical for the success of the program of the state. The state needs this program to be successful. They need the operators to be supported. They need the operators to create jobs within their community and really involve the community in what they’re doing. That’s the only way that people will learn that doing new ways of medical cannabis and having medical cannabis programs are different than what they might have previously thought.”

Yellow Springs Council President Karen Wintrow said she and her neighbors are happy that Cresco Labs will create jobs and pump tax money into the local economy.

“It’s a great fit for Yellow Springs,” Wintrow said. “This community has embraced the opportunity.”

Bachtell hopes that what he calls a modern hybrid-greenhouse will be operational by April.

After two months of marijuana cultivation, the company hopes to make products available to Ohio patients with qualifying conditions by next summer, well ahead of a state-imposed deadline of September.

The first official sale of a medical marijuana product can’t come soon enough for Michael Ferguson.

“Veterans have been needing it, and we finally got it in here,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson, a veteran himself, said he suffers from PTSD and has been self-medicating for several years.

“I would rather be illegally healed than legally dead,” he said.

Ferguson said he uses marijuana to deal with anxiety and depression and said it helps him sleep.

“With cannabis, you can lay down for six hours for such a deep sleep. That’s all you need. And so there are so many benefits,” Ferguson said.

Last year, lawmakers voted to make Ohio the 25th state in the nation where medical marijuana is legal.

Companies like Cresco Labs will work with doctors and patients to explain how marijuana can help with certain conditions

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