Sixteen companies sought to apply for 20 different medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield last month, nearly two months after the city ended its temporary moratorium on those businesses.
Clark, Champaign and Union counties have been allotted a total of two dispensaries — essentially a retail store where medical marijuana will be distributed — according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.
Of the 20 sites for which applications were filled out with the city of Springfield’s zoning department throughout the state process, only 10 in Clark County, including eight with proposed sites in Springfield, showed up on the final list released by the control program last month. Those 10 dispensary sites will compete with two sites in Union County and another in Champaign County for the two slots in the three-county region.
The proposed locations are spread across the city, including the East Main Street, Bechtle Avenue, South Limestone Street and Derr Road shopping corridors, according to public records. It’s unclear why some applicants may not have decided to move forward with the process, said Stephen Thompson, Springfield Planning, Zoning and Code Enforcement Administrator.
Many of the companies also applied to open dispensaries in other nearby counties, records showed. One company, Pure Ohio Wellness, LLC, was selected by the program last week to operate one of the state’s 12 large-scale grow operations, in Mad River Twp.
Renea Murnahan-Turner, the chief executive officer of Cannabis for Cures, LLC at 42 N. Fountain Ave., initially applied for a dispensary but said her application wasn’t processed because allegedly she didn’t include electronic versions of her application. That wasn’t on an application checklist, she said, but was listed online.
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