Limit medicinal marijuana fees
Earlier this year, the Ohio General Assembly approved a bill that would legalize use of the active ingredient in marijuana for health care reasons. Gov. John Kasich signed the measure into law.
State officials are busy now working out the details of how the law can be implemented. One proposal is for as many as 18 licenses to be granted for cultivation of marijuana.
Under that plan, application and licensing fees for cultivators would range from $20,000 to $200,000.
Obviously, the cost of paying those fees would be passed on to consumers — theoretically, sick Ohioans with lots of other health care bills.
Charges for cultivators, processors, retailers, etc., should be no more than needed to administer the program.
What started out as a humanitarian gesture by Ohio legislators should not be converted into a money-making scheme for state or local governments.