Ohio medical marijuana program moves forward despite calls to …

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Commerce didn’t know it hired a consultant with a felony marijuana conviction to help score medical marijuana grow license applications but says the past offense didn’t undermine the agency’s process for awarding the highly sought-after licenses. 

The department plans to go ahead and award 24 cultivator licenses despite calls from state officials to freeze the program until the scoring process can be examined after it was revealed a scoring consultant had a felony drug conviction on his record.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the department should hire a third party, independent

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