Supremes Task State for Dragging Feet in Medical Marijuana Case

The Ohio Supreme Court was recently forced to task the Ohio Department of Commerce to do its job in responding to a request by a medical marijuana cultivator, Fire Rock, Ltd.

Trying to meet customer demand, Fire Rock was forced to file in the Supreme Court when the Department of Commerce had failed to rule on its request to expand its facilities. The Court slammed the Department, finding that it had a “clear legal duty” to respond to the request and that Fire Rock had a “clear legal right” to a response. Rather than just rule on the decision, the Department chose to fight Fire Rock’s request in court.

Fire Rock’s experience is just an example of many complaints lodged against the Department for its alleged dilatory conduct.