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Opening the Door to Quality Recovery Housing

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From March 8–9th, Ohio Recovery Housing (ORH) — the oversight authority for ORH-certified recovery residences operating in the state of Ohio — hosted its 2023 Annual Conference, “Opening the Door to Quality Recovery Housing,” which boasted a room full of housing providers, delivered timely educational updates, and featured prominent speakers in the recovery housing space.


Among the topics discussed included federal and Ohio fair housing law(s), landlord-tenant compliance considerations, building strong employment and other community-based relationships, overcoming barriers related to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and best practices for crisis response. Notably, ORH kicked off day two of this years’ conference by hosting Jamie Carmichael, the Assistant Director for Community Planning and Collaboration for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), who discussed state-level recovery housing initiatives and pressing budget considerations in light of Governor DeWine’s proposed Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2024–2025 — a significant portion of which, if passed, has been allocated to expanded behavioral health, including recovery housing , services.


ORH did a commendable job jampacking its two-day conference with valuable and insightful information on the current and future state of recovery housing throughout the state. With that said, federal and state-compliant, quality operational standards are high and ever-evolving. If you currently operate, or are considering establishing, a recovery house in the state of Ohio and need assistance with compliant policies, procedures, operations, or other guidance, please do not hesitate to reach out to Monica Andress at (330) 253-9153, or

Entourage Effect and Shield Compliance Join the ICLC

In a continuation of its recent growth, only a bit more than a year after its organization, the ICLC is pleased to announce the addition of 3 more new participants. One of these is a commercial bank. In accordance with our commitment to our bank participants, they are not identified outside the Community unless they specifically authorize it. The other 2, Entourage Effect Capital (EEC) and Shield Compliance, are each well known within the cannabis industry and will enhance the ICLC’s potential value to its participants, enriching the spectrum of relevant and accretive cannabis industry experience, skillsets and perspectives available to them.

Trulieve Tax Announcement and the ICLC Growth Spurt

On March 12, leading cannabis tax lawyer James Mann made an extremely timely virtual presentation to ICLC participants regarding the announcement by Trulieve of its receipt of more than $100 million of tax refunds in connection with a challenge to what it owes under Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code.

Another Big Move Out of the Shadows; First Citizens Bank, the nation’s 19th largest, poised to enter the Cannabis Market

A commentary on cannabis and hemp dated January 12, 2024 posted by First Citizens Bank on its website reflects the decision by the Bank to extend its very substantial hemp/CBD platform into the cannabis space.

A Closer Look at Cannabis

At the Nov. 30 Akron Roundtable event "A Closer Look at Cannabis," moderated by Andrew Meyer, deputy editor of news Ideastream Public Media, a varied group of panelists spoke about expected and potential outcomes and efforts of marijuana legalization.

Out of the Shadows - Cannabis Going Mainstream

BMD Phoenix Office Managing Partner, Stephen Lenn, recently discussed today's cannabis industry at an Akron Roundtable as part of their "Bringing it Home" series.