At least two dozen local locations on list of proposed pot growers

11:03 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 Local News
The nascent cannabis industry will only have ten months, depending on when the licenses are awarded in November, to get products in the hands of patients. THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program on Friday released 372 pages of information on the 185 entities applying for grower licenses, including locations of where they want to put their pot farms.

At least 24 operations are proposed for the Miami Valley, including six in Dayton, three in Wilmington, two in Huber Heights and one each in Germantown, Springfield and Yellow Springs.

Ohio’s medical marijuana law allows people with 21 medical conditions, including cancer and chronic pain, to purchase and use marijuana after getting a doctor’s recommendation. The law prohibits smoking or homegrow.

Ohio has some of the country’s highest licensing fees. Small growers pay $2,000 to apply and $18,000 in licensing fees, while large growers pay $20,000 to apply and $180,000 in licensing. The applications will be scored out of 100 points based on their business plans, cultivation methods and past industry experience.

The state is reviewing the applications and will award licenses in November.

Fairfield Councilman Chad Oberson, owner of Oberson’s Nursery and Landscapes, submitted an application to grow marijuana under the trade name Green Valley DPA 

“They haven’t said much,” Oberson said of the state officials talking with applicants. “We’ve heard very, very little.” 

He has heard that the small cultivators would be notified on or around Nov. 15 and the large cultivators will be a couple weeks later.

Entrepreneurs are asking for licenses to grow medical marijuana from Akron to Zanesville. While most of the applicants are rooted in Ohio, proposals came from at least half a dozen other states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois. Some of the company names use plays on words or slang: Ganja Farms, Ancient Roots, and Mother Grows Best.

The full list of all 180 applicants can be found here.

Some communities are welcoming medical marijuana while others are pushing it away.

Information from the Associated Press is included in this report.

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