Get Ready 🎉 Ohio’s Recreational Cannabis Program Launches Next Month!

Ohio is making headlines in the cannabis industry, and for good reason. As of May 13, 2024, new licensing rules for dispensaries have cleared significant legislative hurdles, paving the way for recreational cannabis sales by June 7th. Here’s why Ohio’s program is generating buzz and how you can be part of it.


Smooth Transition for Existing Businesses

Ohio’s approach to recreational cannabis licensing is unique. Instead of opening the market to all newcomers, the state is allowing only existing medical cannabis business owners to apply for dual licenses. This strategic move ensures a smooth transition, leveraging the experience and infrastructure already in place within the medical cannabis community. Unfortunately, many hopeful entrepreneurs who had been eagerly anticipating the chance to apply for and operate a recreational cannabis business in Ohio may feel disappointed by this decision.


Regulatory Milestones

Several crucial steps must be completed by September 7, 2024, to establish a legal and structured recreational cannabis market. Ohio’s plan includes setting up a system for legal cannabis purchases, which will be subject to a 10% tax. The revenue from these sales is earmarked for various important causes: administrative costs, addiction treatment, municipalities hosting dispensaries, and social equity and jobs programs that support the cannabis industry.


Local Challenges and Opportunities

Despite the promising state-level developments, not all localities in Ohio are on board. Forty-seven Ohio localities have enacted cannabis moratoriums ahead of the adult-use sales launch. At least four cities with medical dispensaries will be affected by these bans. However, there’s still a path forward. Stand-alone medical dispensaries in these towns can obtain an adult-use license from the state. The catch is that these dispensaries might face newly passed local ordinances within 120 days of receiving their license. This dynamic creates both challenges and opportunities for businesses navigating the evolving landscape.



With Ohio’s 21+ recreational cannabis market opening soon, now is the perfect time for existing medical dispensaries to prepare for the application process. Don’t wait to get prepped! If you’re an existing medical cannabis business owner in Ohio, the time to act is now

Contact Canna Business Services for support in preparing an application for a recreational cannabis business in Ohio today!