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Ohio lawmakers call for suspension of issuance of medical marijuana licenses

(WSYX/WTTE)

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost has joined calls to freeze the issuance of medical marijuana licenses after a report found a convicted drug dealer was found to be one of the people who graded applications.

In a release, Yost says he's called on the Commerce Department to suspend issuing licenses, and that "This is an epic failure. I am outraged. The only proper course of action is to freeze the process, and independently review the evaluation and scoring from the ground up. And the Administration needs to explain how this drug dealer ended up telling the government how to run its fledgling marijuana program."

State Representative Larry Householder made an announcement Tuesday, saying Ohio should suspend all licenses for growers. Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor also weighed in Tuesday saying she was "outraged that a convicted drug dealer played a major role in determining who was suitable to receive a license."

This comes after the findings of a group called Cann-Ascend. The CEO, Jimmy Gould, says they found serious flaws in the way the state issued level one licenses, which are large quantity growers. Gould says one of the three consultants hired to grade the applications is a convicted drug dealer who was paid $150,000 a year for the job.

Gould applied to be a level one grower, but was denied. But, Representative Housholder said the report is verified.


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