Most of Richland County’s mayors approached about growing facility sites
Medical marijuana grow operation in Colorado in 2014/(Photo: AP file photo)
ONTARIO – The company seeking a license to operate a medical marijuana growing facility in Richland County believes this area makes sense, as a location which isn’t far from agriculture research and training, or from the permitting process in Columbus, Barrett Thomas said Thursday.
The county’s economic development director said an unnamed Ohio company sought his help to approach cities around Richland County, to see which might have potential construction sites, and which had an interest in the proposal.
The Richland Community Development Group staff member said he was not free to share exactly which communities are reviewing further discussions on allowing construction of a medical marijuana cultivation/production site.
But Ontario and Shelby appear to be among them.
“As the economic development director for Richland County, when these leads come in, they come to me,” Thomas said.
The lead came through the company itself, which was looking at specific counties. “They came here, they did a site visit, and they were very happy with what they saw,” Thomas said.
Richland County is fairly close to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and OSU’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster — which could provide research on increasing marijuana crops’ medical components and train workers, the economic development official said.
A local facility also wouldn’t be far from Columbus, where the permitting process will be centered, he said
On Wednesday night, Ontario Mayor Randy Hutchinson told city council he took part in a conference call related to the project with a company official, the economic development director, himself and Shelby’s mayor.
Ontario residents have been invited to give their input, possibly at city