Only seven of the 104 applicants to make products infused with medical marijuana met the state’s minimum standards for a provisional processor license, the Department of Commerce announced.
Another six applicants could receive provisional licenses, pending background and tax checks.
The state can award up to 40 processor licenses in this first round. The Ohio Department of Commerce plans to allow rejected applicants to revise their applications and resubmit them to obtain one of the remaining licenses.
Ohio’s medical marijuana law allows the sale of plant material for vaping, as well as oils, lotions, patches, tinctures and edibles. Cultivators will be able to package dried flower to sell to dispensaries, but all other products require a separate processor license to produce and package.
The seven initial licensees are:
Provisional licensees have six months to build their facilities and meet the state’s requirements before they receive an operating license.
At least 24 of the 26 companies awarded provisional cultivator licenses also applied for processor licenses. Of the initial seven, processors Fire Rock, Grow Ohio and Ohio Green Grow are also cultivator licensees.