Ohio names grower locations for medical marijuana program

COLUMBUS, Ohio--  The tiny village of Mount Orab and the city of Akron are among diverse locations of 12 large growers Ohio has picked for its medical marijuana program.

The Ohio Department of Commerce announced the large cultivators and a final small grower Thursday. That rounds out the list of 24 companies authorized to produce medicinal marijuana under a new system expected to go live by September.

Large growers paid $20,000 to apply to operate sites up to 25,000 square feet. They'll pay $180,000 in initial licensing fees and $200,000 a year thereafter.

The 12 chosen growers applied for sites in Brown and Summit counties, the respective homes of Mount Orab's 3,500 residents and Akron's roughly 200,000 — as well as Cuyahoga, Lake, Muskingum, Erie, Mahoning, Clark, Stark, Sandusky, Greene and Lawrence.

Level I cultivator provisional license recipients:

  • Buckeye Relief LLC (Eastlake, Lake County)
  • Grow Ohio Pharmaceuticals LLC (Newton Township, Muskingum County)
  • OPC Cultivation LLC (Huron, Erie County)
  • Riviera Creek Holdings LLC (Youngstown, Mahoning County)
  • Pure Ohio Wellness LLC (Springfield, Clark County)
  • Columbia Care OH LLC (Mt. Orab, Brown County)
  • Terradiol Ohio LLC (Canton, Stark County)
  • Standard Wellness Company LLC (Gibsonburg, Sandusky County)
  • AT-CPC of Ohio LLC (Akron, Summit County)
  • Cresco Labs Ohio LLC (Yellow Springs, Greene County)
  • Parma Wellness Center LLC (Parma, Cuyahoga County)
  • Harvest Grows LLC (Hamilton Township, Lawrence County)
  • Harvest Grows LLC (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)

Level II cultivator provisional license recipients:

  • Fire Rock Ltd. (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Fire Rock Ltd. (Canton, Stark County)
  • Fire Rock Ltd. (Akron, Summit County)
  • FN Group Holdings LLC (Ravenna, Portage County)
  • Mother Grows Best LLC (Canton, Stark County)
  • OhiGrow LLC (Toledo, Lucas County)
  • Ancient Roots LLC (Wilmington, Clinton County)
  • Ohio Clean Leaf LLC (Dayton, Montgomery County)
  • Ohio Clean Leaf LLC (Carroll, Fairfield County)
  • Ascension BioMedical LLC (Oberlin, Lorain County)
  • Agri-Med Ohio LLC (Langsville, Meigs County)
  • Paragon Development Group LLC (Huber Heights, Montgomery County)
  • Hemma LLC (Monroe, Butler County)
  • Galenas LLC (Akron, Summit County)
  • Farkas Farms LLC (Grafton, Lorain County)

State law requires the facilities to be at least 500 feet from schools, churches, public parks, playgrounds and libraries.

Plans show one of the licensed sites, on East 79th Street in Cleveland, is 505 feet from St. Philip Head Start, concerning some parents.

“I don't think that it's good. It’s a bad idea,” said Anisha Akhir, whose 3-year-old daughter attends the school.

Arizona-based Harvest Inc has medical marijuana licenses in five states and was granted a license for the Cleveland site. CEO Steve White said the company is investing millions of dollars to build the facility, which will create hundreds of jobs.

“Take marijuana out of the equation completely and imagine a facility that provides an ingredient to medical products. That is what you would see,” he said, describing the facility as a factory.

He said research shows the facilities reduce crime and that his company has never had a security issue. White said the facility will be highly secured and closed to the public.

“This is not a facility that houses cash or other items that are easy to transfer on a black market,” he said.

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