Elyria proved to be a popular locale for applicants looking to set up dispensaries.
Before the state deadline, Assistant Safety Service Director Kevin Brubaker said he fielded more than 40 calls from real estate agents and proprietors interested in finding more information about certain properties in Elyria that could house medical marijuana dispensaries.
The inquiries were related to zoning as Elyria has established new laws to reflect which zoning districts the city is opening up for medical marijuana businesses including the cultivation, processing and distribution of the drugs.
The state’s applicant list released Monday included 11 applications for 14 addresses in Elyria.
“I mostly dealt with real estate agents and some proprietors, but many told me Elyria was a high priority city,” he said. “We came right out the gate welcoming the industry to the city and never put a moratorium of any kind in place. I think that played into people looking at us.”
While the state is not releasing additional information about the applicants, including where each is looking to set up shop, Elyria responded to a public records request with the Elyria locations included with each respective application.
Angel Dawson of Natural Remedies said she is excited about potentially opening a dispensary in Elyria, where she aims to be more than just a drug store. She also would like to offer health seminars and educational classes led by a medical professional to help eliminate the stigma associated with medical marijuana.
She also sees her business as the kind that would be community minded with a lean toward helping youth groups and law enforcement.
“Being in the medical field and knowing we have this big heroin epidemic in Ohio, I came to the conclusion I wanted to get involved