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Mind Your Cannabusiness – Guide for Cultivators

By January 30, 2020April 8th, 2021No Comments

Cultivators are at the beginning of the product chain for the cannabis industry in Ohio, but prospective growers have to be aware of many rules by the Department of Commerce and other regulatory bodies. Attorney Nick Weiss gives an overview of what cannabis cultivators in Ohio need to know to play the game, as well as consequences for breaking the rules and how to stay out of trouble, in this installment of Mind Your Cannabusiness for cultivators.

Listen now to learn:

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  • Who is considered a cultivator and what regulations do they have to follow
  • Ensuring compliance with the Seed to Sale program by tracking product
  • Other requirements to be aware of: Department of Agriculture & FDA regulations, Security
  • Why you want to follow the rules: Civil, Criminal, and Federal charges for violations
  • The importance of a Compliance Officer, self-audits, and following general business law
  • Funding for your operation – license fees, certificate of operation fee, renewal fees, etc
  • Where to go for support
  • How to get into the game at this stage


Stream the conversation on the audio player here or download the talk to listen off-line.


Resources mentioned in this podcast:

  • Read about the Medical Marijuana Control Program Administrative Guidelines on the Ohio Department of Commerce website at, where you can also find the “Conviction Pre-Determination Request Form” to check your eligibility.
  • The text of Ohio Administrative Code section 3796 (Cultivators) can be viewed at

Support for cultivators:


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Headshot of Nick Weiss, Esq.Nicholas Weiss uses his years of experience in civil litigation, and his in-house advisory experience, to assist both businesses and individuals in pursuing and defending their interests, and obtaining the best possible outcomes for his clients.  He is currently an Instructor of Medical Marijuana Law and Policy at Cleveland School of Cannabis, and can be reached at The Gertsburg Law Firm by calling 440-528-1233 or sending a message to [email protected].


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