Anil Bhatara of Anderson, S.C., applied for a zoning permit to grow marijuana for medical use in a 3,500 square foot pole barn at 4258 Cox Smith Road, between Lebanon and Mason in Union Twp.
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Bhatara is not the person identified last week as having inquired about the county permit. Yetter indicated he had received multiple inquiries before Bhatara’s application.
Warren County Zoning Inspector Mike Yetter said the application, submitted Thursday, would be reviewed by county prosecutors.
Yetter briefed the county commissioners last week about inquiries about obtaining a permit from the county for the agricultural use in hopes of being selected by the state as one of 24 locations where medical marijuana cultivation would be permitted.
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In June, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a law legalizing marijuana for use by patients with one of 21 conditions, such as cancer, traumatic brain injury or chronic pain. It also allows medical marijuana edibles, oils, patches and vaporizing, but not smoking or home growing, to supply the patients.
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The permit would be used to qualify for one of up to 24 medical marijuana cultivator licenses the Ohio Department of Commerce can issue “prior to” Sept. 9, 2018, according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.
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