Officials find flaw with medical marijuana grower scoring

ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, JULY 24 – FILE – In this Oct. 20, 2015, file photo, Shamay Flaharty of Lewiston, Ill., who has multiple sclerosis and is hoping cannabis will help ease her pain and headaches, meets with Eric Sweatt, partner and manager of Salveo Health and Wellness, a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Canton, Ill. Ohio's medical marijuana law takes effect Sept. 8, 2016, and Republican Ohio state Sen. Bill Seitz says changes may be required to part of the law that sets aside a piece of the state's future pot business for minorities, provisions that The Associated Press reported may be unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor’s office has found another problem with how regulators selected grower applicants for Ohio’s medical marijuana program.
Cleveland.com reports Ohio Clean Leaf LLC was marked “no” on security portions of two applications, but it received either full credit or three points instead of one.
Chief Deputy Auditor Robert Hinkle said the discrepancies in scoring should have disqualified the company.
The state Department of Commerce has acknowledged the difference in scoring, but said Monday the company’s final scores were accurate. The department says it will not pull Clean Leaf’s license.
Some unsuccessful applicants are suing the state, alleging failures in the licensing process. The department has hired a consultant to review and validate all scores.
Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com