Read the employee badge compliance reminders below to ensure you're compliance with the requirements. This is something the department takes seriously and will be monitoring.
Are all employees required to be badged?
Yes. All employees who will work in the facility (including any employees of third-party firms such as consultants and security personnel) and other persons are required to obtain employee ID cards pursuant to the
Ohio Administrative Code
In addition to any person who will be working at the facility, at a minimum, every owner, principal officer, board member, other employee, administrator, agent or other person who may significantly influence or control the activities of a processor must register for an employee ID card. For entities that have a cultivator and a processor license, employees will need to have badges for both facilities which will require a new employee application. Registration is done electronically through eLicensing. All required components of the employee ID application must be completed and the fee must be paid before an application can be processed and an ID card can be issued. Please reference this
No person may begin working at a licensed facility prior to receiving an employee ID card.
Can employees work as a visitor until the badge process is complete?
No. If a person is working as an employee, advisor, contractor or temporary employee, they are required to receive an employee badge
to beginning work. Visitors to a facility are prohibited from performing any work related to medical marijuana cultivation, processing, or laboratory testing while on site. While this practice may be commonplace under other states’ medical marijuana programs, it represents a violation of the Ohio Administrative Code. MMCP compliance staff will be inspecting visitor logs as part of regular compliance inspections. If it is discovered that individuals without state-issued employee ID cards are signing in as visitors for the purpose of working in a licensed facility, the Department may initiate enforcement action pursuant to O.A.C. 3796:5-6, up to and including suspension or revocation of the facility license.
What is the visitor policy?
O.A.C. 3796:5-2-02 states a person that is not a holder of a valid employee ID card of a cultivator, processor or testing laboratory is prohibited from accessing a facility, unless they receive authorization and obtain a visitor identification badge from the cultivator, processor or testing laboratory. To obtain a visitor identification badge, the visitor must provide a valid, government-issued identification with a photograph.
A person who obtains a visitor identification badge must do the following:
- Be escorted and monitored by an assigned registered employee of the facility at all times he or she is on the premises and has access to medical marijuana;
- Visibly display his or her visitor identification badge at all times he or she is on the premises; and
- Return the visitor identification badge upon leaving the premises.
Are facilities required to record visitors?
Yes. A cultivator, processor or testing laboratory shall maintain a visitor log, which includes the name of the visitor, the date and time of arrival and departure, the assigned registered employee of the facility who accompanies the visitor and the purpose of the visit. The cultivator, processor, or testing laboratory shall make its visitor log available to the department upon request.