Medical Marijuana Control Program
MMCP Compliance Reminders
Product Net Weight Determination:

The Ohio Department of Commerce developed this guidance and examples to aid medical marijuana processors in correctly labeling medical marijuana products. Key highlights:

  • Ohio Administrative Code 3796:3-2-02 requires the inclusion of THC, THCA, CBD, and CBDA on each medical marijuana product label. Values for each of these cannabinoids are reported into METRC by testing laboratories in units of milligrams per gram of product (mg/g). When listing these values on the label, a processor must factor in the net weight of the product (g) in each package. The resulting value will be the total cannabinoid content in milligrams per package.
  • Total THC and Total CBD are also reported into METRC by testing laboratories. When determining the net weight of a given product to be packaged after receiving lab results on a bulk production batch, the Total THC value must fall within 95-105% of the value listed in O.A.C. 3796:8-2-04 for that product’s category.

Product I.D. Reminder:

All medical marijuana products must have an assigned Product I.D. to be accepted by a dispensary. This applies to each medical marijuana strain, form, and dose. The assignment of a Product I.D. ensures that only products in compliance with MMCP regulations are available to patients and their caregivers. To view resources on Product I.D., visit the Licensee Resource page here. 

FAQ-What does light resistant mean for packaging?

Packaging for medical marijuana products are required to be childproof, light-resistant, and have a tamper evident mechanism. Packaging is not required to be opaque, but opaque packaging is permitted. When submitting packaging for approval, please provide documentation from the packaging manufacturer that the proposed packaging has been certified childproof and that the packaging material possesses an inherent light-resistant characteristic (e.g. tint, UV resistance, etc.), as well as demonstration of the tamper evident mechanism to be used.


Rule Review Updates
The MMCP recently updated a selection of rules that are now effective. The rules were proposed to fix targeted issues that have been identified through implementation of the program. Many of the amendments reduce costs and unnecessary regulatory burdens. For example:

  • 3796:2-2-03, 3796:3-2-03, and 3796:4-2-06 (Amended): The amendments remove the requirement that only Type 1 Key Employees can dispose of product. Each facility is limited to three such employees, so this restriction is both burdensome and unnecessary, as any employee who meets the criteria to be a Type 1 Employee should be authorized to perform this function.
  •  3796:5-2-01 (Amended): The amendments remove unnecessary requirements from the list of materials to be submitted, including social security cards, proof of residence, and duplicate submissions related to criminal background checks.

Additional business process information will be provided in future newsletters. For more information about the rule package, click here .

eLicensing System Update
The eLicensing portal has been updated to reflect the new employee rule requirements outlined in Ohio Administrative Code 3796 for the new employee application effective on September 1, 2019. 

  • The new employee application will no longer require the licensee to provide uploaded documentation for proof of address, social security card, and employee sworn statement.
  • Licensees will notice that the three upload fields are no longer available for use. No other changes will be made to the new employee application at this time. 

If you experience any issues when submitting a new employee application, please reach out to mmcplicensing@com.state.oh.us for assistance. 

Standardized Product Label
Thank you for your feedback on drafting a standardized product label. To view the final standardized product label template, please click here . Please note if you choose to utilize the standardized label (Option A) in its complete form, you do not need to receive label approval. The standardized label aims to:

  • Provide cultivators and processors licensed by MMCP with a label template displaying all rule-required information in a standard format and in legible size applicable to the product being labeled. 
  • Create a standardized label in a format familiar to patients that will allow access to essential information at-a-glance, regardless of product type or origin.
  • Provide partial fulfillment of requirements per O.A.C. 3796:6-3-09(B) and eliminate redundancies.