Ohio

Compliance Agent – Medical Marijuana

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Division of Administration 

State of Ohio – Franklin County, OH

$43,410 a year – Full-time, Commission

Conducts and plans investigations & on-site inspections of medical marijuana entity facilities; determines & ensures compliance with statutory & administrative provisions; explains & interprets federal, state, local & departmental statutes/codes/ordinances and policies to business owners/operators; conducts unannounced interviews & inspections; conducts ownership investigations to determine violations of ownership rules under OAC 3796; assists businesses with operating in compliance with all requirements of medical marijuana entity rules and regulations; provides factual information to existing or potential businesses regarding OAC 3796 and applicable departmental policies.

Determines on-view violations &/or non-compliance issues; initiates &/or recommends appropriate corrective measures; conducts interviews (e.g., with convicted felons, permit holders/agents &/or witnesses); conducts research (e.g., reviews & interprets business/operating contracts for compliance; audits & reconciles books & records from permit premises operations; researches governmental records; determines &/or verifies citizenship; obtains certified copies of court records); prepares investigation report; prepares request for citation; takes/attests to affidavits; serves civil subpoenas; maintains evidence; conducts inspections.

Reviews application data (i.e., financial records, complex corporate structures, criminal history reports, lease agreements, managerial agreements, purchase agreements, assets, and ownership documentation); provides factual information to existing or potential businesses regarding OAC 3796 and applicable departmental policies; composes Statements of Deficiency and Notices of Violation for supervisor review; serves civil subpoenas & notices of violation, cease and desist, and other medical marijuana control program orders as needed; maintains accurate records and files and prepares periodic or special reports related to the work performed; monitors changes to existing laws and assesses potential impact on department; reviews independent laboratory testing results.

Reviews change of ownership or location application to ensure compliance of proposed ownership structure or new location with licensure requirements under OAC 3796; makes recommendations pertaining to renewal of MME licenses and changes of ownership/ location; confers with supervisor and legal staff regarding licensing violations; confers with department and legal staff regarding license code interpretation and procedures; receives and responds to telephone and written inquiries from public, applicants and licensees on issues concerning licenses and licensees; establishes and maintains records; receives and processes renewal, transfer of ownership, and change of location applications.

Develops & maintains professional relationship with law enforcement agencies, licensees, general public & government/elected officials; maintains contacts with attorneys & responds to status requests; presents testimony as needed in civil & criminal courts of law, administrative hearings, before boards & commissions; appears at administrative proceedings to provide testimony or reports as required by supervisor or pursuant to subpoena; attends professional training/seminars; conducts field training for new compliance officers; serves on committees.

Operates personal computer &/or mobile device in the course of field and office duties (e.g., develops investigation reports, composes memorandums & correspondence); operates cameras; operates assigned state vehicle in accordance with established rules & regulations to travel to permit sites &/or licensed facilities; completes report of activities at intervals assigned by supervisor. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 

12 mos. trg. or 12 mos. exp. in investigative techniques & procedures; 3 mos. exp. in operation of personal computer; valid driver’s license.

-Or 12 mos. trg. or 12 mos. exp. in examining permit applications; 3 mos. exp. in operation of personal computer; valid driver’s license.

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.

Major Worker Characteristics Knowledge of investigative techniques & procedures; Ohio Revised Codes & regulations & orders of liquor control commission applicable to conducting inspections of liquor permit premises*; rules of evidence*; public relations; interviewing. Skill in use of personal computer; Visio drawing cad program*; computer software installation*; camera (e.g., digital; Polaroid)*; measuring wheel*. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; conduct interviews effectively; prepare meaningful, concise & accurate reports; gather, collate & classify data; handle sensitive telephone & face-to-face contacts. (*) Developed after employment.

Supplemental Information The final candidate selected for this position will be required to undergo a criminal background check as well as other investigative reviews. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position, unless restricted under state or federal law or federal restrictions. An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

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Medical marijuana facility proposed for Gibsonburg

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GIBSONBURG – Village officials unveiled plans Wednesday for a proposed 50,000-square-foot medical marijuana production facility at the Clearview Industrial Park, a move that could bring in up to 100 new jobs. Mayor Steven Fought said the Ohio-based startup firm Standard Wellness Company LLC contacted the village six weeks ago about the park and the possibility of building a new facility at the industrial site.

“It’s no secret we’ve been trying to market our industrial park,” Fought said as he and Village Administrator Marc Glotzbecker talked about the proposed project and its potential impact on Gibsonburg. Fought said any deal with Standard Wellness is contingent on the company being one of 12 in Ohio to receive a level I license to produce medical marijuana.

If successful, Standard Wellness would break ground at the park in September and start production in September 2018, Fought said.

Standard Wellness would employ 30 to 40 people by the end of its first year, with the possibility of employing up to 100 people depending on patient demand for medical marijuana. Those jobs would pay between $15 and $25 an hour on average, Fought said, with a handful of six-figure salaried jobs at the plant.

The company’s estimated annual payroll, initially, would be $1.5 million to $2 million, Fought said, with the village reaping payroll, income and property tax revenue from the company.

The mayor said the company would be looking for people in Sandusky County with manufacturing backgrounds to work at the plant. “We see this as a huge win for our local economy,” Fought said, adding that Gibsonburg had not seen this opportunity for job growth since the 1980s with its lime plants.

Glotzbecker said the plant’s on-site operations will include the indoor cultivation, processing and research and development of medical marijuana. The village hosted a public meeting Wednesday to discuss the project. and asked for public support for Standard Wellness’ state application.

Ohio passed its medical marijuana law in June 2016. The law allows people with one of 21 medical conditions to buy and use marijuana if recommended by a physician.

The Ohio Department of Commerce released applications in April for companies interested in cultivating medical marijuana. The department plans to issue up to 12 level I licenses for up to 25,000 square feet of growing space and 12 level II licenses for up to 3,000 square feet of space.

Standard Wellness is supposed to submit its application to the state on June 28 and would find out in September if it is awarded a license, Fought said.

Clearview Industrial Park, a 60-acre site off Ohio 600, has struggled to attract new businesses, but Fought said there had recently been more potential leads and inquiries from interested companies.

If Standard Wellness builds a new plant at the site, it would be operating on a 20-acre footprint, with employees entering through Commerce Drive and trucks accessing the facility via an access road connected to Ohio 600.Ohio based Medical Marijuana Employment Agency

The medical marijuana grown at the plant primarily would be processed into oils and pharmaceutically-toned products such as patches, inhalers, tinctures, topical treatments and pills. There would also be raw marijuana flower packaged for sale to patients.

The village council unanimously passed an ordinance to pave the way for the company’s arrival. Gibsonburg will not have any medical marijuana dispensaries in the village, Fought and Glotzbecker stressed, as the council has placed a moratorium on those businesses.

Both men said about 80 percent of the village residents they’d talked to had expressed support for the project. Glotzbecker said he thought everybody sees the word “marijuana” and associates a stigma with the drug.

“Once they understand it’s a legal pharmaceutical in this form, the light goes on and they get it,” Glotzbecker said. The company neither asked for nor received any special financial or tax incentives, Fought said.

Standard Wellness will erect a perimeter fence and use military-grade cameras on the property’s exterior and interior, with at least one security guard on-site 24 hours a day. Fought said he didn’t think the village would need to employ additional police or offer expanded fire protection services for the plant.

Gibsonburg’s largest employer is Reno Linen, Glotzbecker said, which has employed about 100 people at its peak. Standard Wellness has an option to buy land in addition to its 20 acres, Glotzbecker said. “I think they’re going to be good neighbors and a positive part of the community,” Glotzbecker said.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — State officials will begin accepting applications to license 24 medical marijuana grow operations in June and will review them in July. Once awarded, license holders will have nine months to meet all the requirements of the program. The Ohio Department of Commerce plans to release application forms and instructions in the next two to three weeks, according to a fact sheet released Friday morning. Department officials will then hold a webinar to go over the process and answer any questions before growers begin applying for licenses in June.

Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio’s medical marijuana law in June 2016. It allows people with one of 21 medical conditions to buy and use marijuana if recommended by a physician. Most of the details of the program were left to three state regulatory agencies to decide before September 2017.

State officials are still finalizing the application process and rules for marijuana product manufacturers, testing labs and dispensaries.

The state will issue two types of cultivator licenses: 12 “level I” licenses for up to 25,000 square feet of growing space and 12 “level II” licenses for up to 3,000 square feet. The space was increased because of concerns the number of growers and allowed square footage were too little to serve Ohio’s patient population.

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Department officials can decide in September 2018 whether to issue additional licenses or grant additional grow space to existing license holders.

The license fees and financial requirements are among the highest of the country’s 28 medical marijuana programs: a $20,000 nonrefundable application fee and $180,000 license fee for a level I license and a $2,000 application fee and $18,000 license fee for a level II license.

Other requirements for cultivators:

  • A person or company cannot own or invest in more than one cultivator.
  • Applicants must show local support for the plan and no bans or moratoriums can be in place.
  • Demonstrate the facility will be secured by fencing, 24-hour surveillance and security alarms.
  • Maintain an inventory of at least 20 pounds of medical marijuana for large growers and 10 pounds for small growers.

How will applications be scored?

Applications will be screened first to determine whether they are complete. A separate panel of reviewers will then score the applications based on criteria set by the rules. The applications reviewed in this stage won’t include identifiable information.

The department sought help in February developing the scoring system, but as of last Wednesday hadn’t yet hired someone, according to a department spokeswoman.

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Cannabis Education Scholarships

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Are you a medical practitioner, nurse, pharmacist or student? Do you want to learn the science of cannabis, need continuing education credits, but are concerned about the cost?

If so, you could receive a scholarship that will enable you to attend to the Ohio Medical Cannabis Education Symposium at the Columbus Sheraton on May 31-June 2, 2017 for free. All you need to do is fill out and submit the form HERE.

Ohio’s new medical marijuana program will soon be operational and practitioners must be up to speed. An impressive lineup of highly qualified speakers will offer instruction and clinical insights about science behind medical marijuana at this groundbreaking conference.

Scholarships cover all conference fees, meals and attendance at evening events. Medical education credits for completion of the Symposium equal 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for physicians and 17.9 Contact hours for nurses, jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, Extra Step Assurance and Integr8Health, LLC.

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TWINSBURG — City Council voted 6-0 April 11 to overturn a moratorium it passed in February that blocked occupancy permits for six months for those wanting to cultivate or process medical marijuana.

This opens the door for Silphium, a potential medical marijuana facility owned by Dave Moorhead, to move into an existing facility at 2440 Edison Boulevard in Twinsburg. Moorhead says he will apply for one of 12 “Tier I” licenses from the state’ Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, which will allow a licensed medical marijuana grower up to 25,000 square feet of canopy.

Both cultivation and processing would take place at the 28,000-square-foot building on Edison, according to Moorhead. Silphium LLC is headquartered on East Enterprise Parkway.

“Needless to say we are very excited and appreciative of the city’s decision to lift the moratorium,” Moorhead said. “The next step is to earn a Level I license from the state. Applications for cultivation are due soon. If successful, we will have nine months from the date of award to be operational.”

At-large Councilor Bill Furey said the moratorium was put in place “so the city could have control” over what went in.

“There was a long presentation at the last meeting, and we got a lot more information, and I think we all understand it better,” Furey said. “The purpose of removing this ban is so we can consider whether to move forward with this particular company. People who wish to apply to the state can use Twinsburg as an option for their business plan now that we no longer ban medical marijuana facilities.”

Council President Gary Sorace said that if Silphium obtains one of the 12 licenses, it “would be required to follow the same rules and regulations as any other business in the city.”

“They are no different from any other business in getting approval,” Sorace said.

Once licensed, Silphium’s proposal would go through Planning Commission and the building department, as the latter is required to approve the project due to necessary security precautions called for in state regulations, Sorace said. Once approvals have been obtained through these entities, the proposal would go before Council for final approval.

The deadline to apply for a license to cultivate marijuana is May 8. Applications for processing are due Sept. 8. The business must be up and running by Sept. 8, 2018, according to Moorhead. Moorhead said he will not distribute the marijuana at the Twinsburg facility, which requires another license.

“I think if they can get approval, it can be a bonus for the city,” Sorace said. “Absolutely, I get behind it. It’s a legal enterprise established by the state of Ohio. Many people depend on medical marijuana. One way or another this is going to be done, either here or in another community. Why not allow it to be done here?”

According to Moorhead, a city that hosts a cultivation business receives 2.5 percent of sales revenue, which could mean up to $250,000 per year for Twinsburg. About 7.4 percent of Ohio’s cultivation market is in this area, he said.

Sorace said the financial numbers quoted by Moorhead were “very conservative.”

“I think this can bring in far more to the city’s coffers,” he said.

Mayor Ted Yates said Moorhead’s presentation at the last Council caucus “really helped me understand the regulations.”

“The financial commitment they have just to make the facility operate … is about a $4 million investment on the inside of a 28,000-square-foot building,” Yates said. “It’s a significant amount of investment, in addition to the security they need to put in to operate to regulations.”

Ohio allows for 20 conditions to be treated with medical marijuana, Moorhead said in his presentation to Council March 28. Up to two million people in Ohio could have access to medical marijuana, he said.

Marijuana used for medicinal purposes “is a totally different product” than the drug used to get high, Moorhead said during his March presentation. The state’s laws allow medical marijuana to be taken orally or through a vaporizer, and forbids smoking it.

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