Thu. 11:17 a.m.: State auditor: ‘Numerous mistakes’ in state’s handling of cultivator license

COLUMBUS — The administrators responsible for issuing medical marijuana cultivator licenses violated state law and produced “sloppy” work fraught with errors, according to an audit released today by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office.

The Ohio Department of Commerce issued 13 large scale and 13 small scale cultivator licenses, but the department was was limited by Ohio Administrative Code from issuing more than 12 in each division, a news release from Yost’s office states.

The department defended the move and cited a May Franklin County Common Pleas Court ruling, the release states. Yost’s news release states the order was “non-binding.”

The process was plagued also with inconsistent scoring practices, like leaving identifying information on the applications being scored and not holding all applicants to the same standards.

A copy of the audit is here.