Ohio hired convicted drug dealer to score applications for medical marijuana growers

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Over 180 companies submitted applications to become medical marijuana cultivators in Ohio, and their names are just as punny as you’d expect. Kim Armstrong

Jimmy Gould, right, founder of CannAscend Ohio and a member of his legal team.(Photo: Provided)

One of three individuals paid up to $150,000 to grade applications for Level 1 licenses to grow medical marijuana in Ohio is a convicted drug dealer.

CannAscend Ohio, one of 97 applicants denied a “Level 1” cultivators’ license from the state last week, disclosed the application grader’s criminal background Tuesday after reviewing records associated with the application process.

CannAscend conducted background checks on all three reviewers and found that one, Trevor C. Bozeman, pled guilty in 2005 to possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance in Pennsylvania and was sentenced to three years of probation.

The Enquirer Independently verified the guilty plea and sentence for the 33-year-old Bozeman of Brunswick, Maine, by reviewing court records from the Snyder County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. 

Bozeman declined to comment when reached by phone Tuesday.

“The State of Ohio has a lot of explaining to do: After giving vendors 10 days to reply to an RFP for the Medical Marijuana Control Program, they hired a convicted drug dealer for $150,000 to score applications for the Ohio Medical Marijuana industry, ” Jimmy Gould, CannAscend’s chairman and CEO said in a statement Tuesday.

The Ohio Department of Commerce, which oversees the Medical Marijuana Control Program, said in a statement that all consultants reviewing the Level 1 license applications “met the standards provided within their contract.”

However, the state agency did not say whether those standards included state and federal background checks or whether the agency was aware of Bozeman’s

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