Ohio’s medical marijuana law, signed by Gov. John Kasich in June 2016, took effect in September.
While the Obama administration took a hands-off approach on medical marijuana in states with well regulated programs, the Trump administration seems to be taking a different stance.
“Drug traffickers already cultivate and distribute marijuana inside the United States under the guise of state medical marijuana laws,” Sessions wrote in a May 1 letter to Congressional leaders.
Related: New rules set for medical marijuana use in Ohio
Under Ohio’s new program, three state agencies — Department of Commerce, Board of Pharmacy and State Medical Board — will oversee regulations for growers, doctors, patients and dispensaries.
State authorities are currently writing rules for processors, testing labs and dispensaries and are considering applications from companies vying for 24 cultivator licenses.
Among applications for cultivator licenses are several companies that want to set up operations in the Miami Valley. Related: State identifies medical pot applicants