Trade organization to serve as voice for marijuana entrepreneurs amid regulatory uncertainty

With medical marijuana slated to become legal in Ohio on Sept. 8, potential cannabis entrepreneurs are faced with two major challenges: growing an entire pot industry from the ground up, and avoiding being choked out by state bureaucrats.

Those challenges comprised the major theme of the Ohio Cannabis Association’s public forum Wednesday night. The group serves as the first marijuana trade association in the state. It has been in the works since 2014, but only truly came into existence in April, said Brian Wright, the group’s spokesperson.

About 400 attendees filled the Ohio Union’s Great Hall Meeting Room for the event. The meeting featured many of the key players in Ohio’s marijuana policy battle within the past year — including Sen. Kenny Yuko, a Democrat from Richmond Heights who helped draft the piece of legislation which became the state’s medical marijuana policy.

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