Karl Brown, OCBMAGONLINE founder
A court in central Ohio has ruled the state’s “racial quota” for awarding medical marijuana business licenses is unconstitutional. Ohio law requires 15 percent of all licenses to grow, process, test and sell medical marijuana be awarded to businesses owned by a racial minority. The Ohio Department of Commerce last year awarded two of the available 12 medical marijuana cultivator licenses to businesses headed by minorities. This ruling could open the door for the state to issue another license to green leaf gardens who is the plaintiff in the lawsuit.
In a USA Today article Greenleaf Gardens CEO David Neundorfer said he was pleased with the ruling in the case and hopes to receive a license to grow marijuana at its Geauga County site where the company received a license to make medical marijuana products.