Given the newness of Ohio’s legalization of medical marijuana, a lot of kinks in the system are being worked out. This means that medical marijuana businesses that think they are operating in accordance with the law may find themselves accused of breaking it. This can have tremendous adverse effects on a business, including the imposition of fines, the loss of consumer bases and even mandatory shutdown. With so much at stake, medical marijuana businesses in Ohio need to know how to successfully navigate the various laws and regulations that relate to them.
Ohio’s first mandatory medical marijuana recall serves as an example. There, three marijuana-based products were recently recalled after failing to meet certain testing standards imposed by state regulators. The products are rosin, which is resin extracted from marijuana through the use of heat and pressure. However, independent testing found that the products in question failed to meet state standards for mold, yeast and other contaminants, which regulators believe could put consumers at risk.
This case really highlights the intricacies of the law. This is because marijuana that fails microbial testing can still be utilized for extraction purposes, but that extraction must occur through the use of hydrocarbon or carbon dioxide. Rosin is not extracted in this fashion, and therefore products that are too moldy, yeasty or otherwise contaminated cannot be sold in this particular form.
Medical marijuana is a burgeoning field in Ohio. While this means enormous opportunity, it also means significant risk. To best protect themselves and their business interests, medical marijuana businesses need to fully understand how the laws and regulations apply to them, as well as how to utilize them to their advantage. This is where the assistance of an attorney who is experienced in this field can prove beneficial.