HURON — Medical marijuana means money.
Huron’s incoming cultivation center, which should debut later this year, represents a $20 million initial investment to construct a 75,000-square-foot facility within the city’s corporate park.
Ohio Patients’ Choice, the company overseeing all activities there, could create as many as 72 jobs there. Opportunities exist, meanwhile, to create spinoff employment and related jobs associated with growing medical marijuana.
The tax money produced, meanwhile, should also aid all of Huron’s public entities, such as the school district, the library and the local government, which can spend these funds on road repairs, park projects and more.
Ohio Patients’ Choice executives also applied for a dispensary license, which, if granted, would allow workers to sell medical marijuana in certain regulated forms inside a former Burger King building in Huron. The smaller operations could total a $2 million construction project and generate upward of 15 jobs.
Both company executives and local officials stressed the points during a city council meeting Tuesday at McCormick Junior High School. About 200 people attended the special session.
“Like any other new business in our community, it will continue to improve the city’s revenue streams without raising or adding any taxes to our residents,” city councilman Trey Hardy said. “This will allow Huron the ability to provide higher levels of quality services, which sets us apart from other communities.”
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Tuesday’s meeting provided some clarity on medical marijuana coming to Huron.
In November, Ohio Patients’ Choice received one of 13 coveted statewide “large grower” licenses to build a cultivation center in Huron’s corporate park off Rye Beach Road. The facility should open this fall.
The privately run company also applied for a state-regulated dispensary license, which, if awarded, would locate inside a former Burger King