From ‘mom room’ to dispensary, here’s how pot is legally grown in Ohio – Dayton Daily News

Recreational possession was legalized by Issue 2 by a strong majority of Ohio voters. But recreational dispensary licenses are still months away from being issued. The Ohio Senate and Gov. Mike DeWine hope to open that gate early by allowing medical dispensaries to sell directly to any customer 21 years old or older.

The operators of Pure Ohio Wellness say they are ready.

This news organization took a tour of Pure Ohio Wellness’ cultivation site to provide readers with insight as to how commercial marijuana is grown in Ohio and what of-age Ohioans can expect to see in dispensaries as Issue 2 and its reforms move forward.

Step 1: Propagation from a mother plant

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

The process begins in what is called the “mom room” — a space filled with dozens of carefully selected, mature female cannabis plants of all different strains. These mother plants are the start of thousands of crops Pure Ohio Wellness produces each year.

“Everything that we do comes from cloning these plants. That’s how the stock keeps going,” said Pure Ohio Wellness COO Tracey McMillin who, on this occasion, also acted as tour guide.

In a process that houseplant caretakers might recognize as propagation, workers will cut off

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