Audit of Ohio medical marijuana program found errors in application process

Ohio auditors are questioning the Department of Commerce’s authority for issuing more licenses that allotted.

Audit of Ohio medical marijuana program found errors in application process
Mistakes were made during the medical marijuana process in Ohio.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio state auditor says the Department of Commerce’s process for licensing medical marijuana growers consisted of dozens of errors.

According to Auditor David Yost, the Commerce Department exceeded its legal authority by awarding two additional licences to Ohio cultivators.

The audit revealed numerous mistakes on how the Department of Commerce protected passwords and scoring sheets.

Yost, a candidate for Ohio attorney general, said, “The Department didn’t do a very good job launching this program. It did not exercise due diligence to make sure Ohioans could have complete confidence in the process. The Department’s work was sloppy. Ohioans deserved better.”

None of the errors appear to be intentional, according to the Ohio Auditor of State.

The medical marijuana program was supposed to launch on Sept. 8, but has been delayed.

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