Yost Calls For Probe Of Consultant To Medical Marijuana Program

Dec 7, 2017

David Yost
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Republican State Auditor David Yost says questions about the past drug convictions of a consultant who played a key role in Ohio's new medical marijuana program need to be addressed before the program launches next year. 

Yost is also calling for an investigation. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Yost says he’s troubled by reports that the consultant who graded applications from companies seeking licenses had drug convictions in his past.


“This is an epic fail. I’m outraged.”


Yost questions how someone with those convictions could be hired by the state for $150,000 to do that work.


“I think this revelation calls into question all of the work that’s been done.”


Yost, who is running for attorney general, wants current A.G. Mike DeWine, who is running for governor, to start a full investigation into how this consultant was chosen by the Ohio Department of Commerce, the lead agency overseeing Ohio’s medical marijuana program. The agency’s request for proposal for consultants did not ask about past criminal convictions.