According to multiple news reports, one of the people paid up to $150,000 to grade applications for Level 1 licenses to grow medical marijuana in Ohio is a convicted drug dealer.

In a report today by Randy Tucker from The Cincinnati Enquirer (, “CannAscend Ohio, one of 97 applicants denied a Level 1 cultivators' license from the state, disclosed the application grader's criminal background after reviewing records associated with the application process. CannAscend conducted background checks on all three reviewers and found that one, Trevor C. Bozeman, pleaded guilty in 2005 to possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance in Pennsylvania and was sentenced to three years of probation.”

Later today, The Plain Dealer reported at “The Ohio Department of Commerce came under fire from state officials Tuesday for hiring a medical marijuana program consultant who had a felony drug conviction on his criminal record. The felony conviction would have disqualified the consultant from being awarded the medical marijuana cultivation licenses he was helping to score.

“Trevor C. Bozeman, owner of iCann Consulting, pleaded guilty to manufacturing, delivering and possessing drugs, with intent to manufacture or deliver in 2005, Pennsylvania court records show.”

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who is a Republican candidate for governor, said the state should not award any licenses until the process has been reviewed.

"As a mother who has struggled with addiction in my own family, I am outraged that a convicted drug dealer played a major role in determining who was suitable to receive a license," Taylor said in a statement.

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