FILE - Medical Marijuana Ohio 1-28-2019

Marijuana plants grow Jan. 28, 2019, at AT-Calyx Peak Companies of Ohio in Akron, Ohio.

A marijuana cultivator, Green Thumb Industries (GTI), received a license for its medical marijuana processing facility that is currently under construction in Toledo, Ohio.

“We are grateful the Ohio Department of Commerce has awarded GTI the cultivation license we applied for in 2017 based on exemplary scores and look forward to further serving the people of Ohio as they seek relief with medical cannabis,” GTI Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler said in a news release. “This win allows GTI to expand our brand portfolio in Ohio to include the cultivation of our award-winning genetics and supports the company’s strategic goal of distributing brands at scale.”

GTI has three medical marijuana stores in Ohio that are already licensed: One in Toledo, one in Cleveland and one in Lorain. The company plans to open two more by the end of the year.

“This cultivation award will further enable GTI to produce and distribute their high-quality brands in the state while creating additional jobs in Toledo,” Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said in the news release. “This is another win for our city and the state of Ohio.”

The cultivation license had initially been denied by the Ohio Department of Commerce, but GTI won an appeal.

The medical marijuana sector in the state has been a bit slow to take shape. Purchases became available at the start of this year, and fewer than half of the state’s dispensaries that have provisional licenses have received their certificates of operation, just 26 of 56.

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Tyler Arnold reports on Virginia and Ohio for The Center Square. He previously worked for the Cause of Action Institute and has been published in Business Insider, USA TODAY College, National Review Online and the Washington Free Beacon.