Springfield lawsuits challenging medical marijuana law thrown out

  • Keisha Rowe
  • Staff Writer
12:15 p.m Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 Community News
Cannabis for Cures sued the state of Ohio for allegedly not upholding the medical marijuana laws correctly. Laura Bischoff/Staff

A Springfield businesswoman who sued the state of Ohio claiming the new medical marijuana laws aren’t being enacted fairly has had two of her cases dismissed from the Clark County Common Pleas Court.

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Renea Murnahan-Turner, CEO of Cannabis for Cures LLC and the owner of Voodoo Moon and Al Cachino’s Brew House, sued the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, the Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio Sen. David Burke and Gov. John Kasich in November after her application to open a grow site and dispensary in Springfield was denied due to not including electronic versions of her application.

The lawsuit alleges the rule stating their mandatory inclusion wasn’t on a physical checklist, but was included in online stipulations. The lawsuit also alleged the state was discriminating against women-owned businesses. The lawsuit sought $50 million in damages from the state, which it claims is the estimation of lost wages if the business had been granted a license.

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The court dismissed the cases against the pharmacy board and Burke on Monday, citing that Murhahan-Turner isn’t an attorney and cannot represent a limited liability company.

The court has yet to review the cases against the Ohio Department of Commerce and Kasich.


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