Ohio Marijuana News

Oak Harbor Mayor Joe Helle(Photo: File)

OAK HARBOR – Village residents could see a new medical marijuana cultivation facility on Lake Street, if the state approves a license for Trillium Cannabis to open its proposed plant.

Mayor Joe Helle said village council members voted 4-3, with Helle casting the tie-breaking vote, to allow marijuana cultivation companies to operate in Oak Harbor.

Trillium Cannabis approached village officials in May about their interest in building a cultivation plant in Oak Harbor, Helle said.

Company officials immediately filed for the appropriate permits in Oak Harbor after the council voted to lift a moratorium on medical marijuana cultivation facilities, he said.

“I would assume they’re serious about doing it here in Oak Harbor,” Helle said.

The proposed Oak Harbor facility would bring 25 to 30 new jobs to the village, according to Helle, with an average wage around $50,000 annually.

Trillium officials plan to invest $7 million in its proposed 100,000-square-foot facility, which would be built on what is now an empty Lake Street lot.

Helle said the company has a lease agreement, pending the decision on its state license application, on the property

“A little town like Oak Harbor can use all the help it can get,” Helle said.

Ohio passed its medical marijuana law in June 2016. The law allows people with one of 21 medical conditions to buy and use marijuana if recommended by a physician.

The Ohio Department of Commerce released applications in April for companies interested in cultivating medical marijuana. The department plans to issue up to 12 level I licenses for up to 25,000 square feet of growing space and 12 level II licenses for up to 3,000 square feet of space.

The application deadline is Friday.

In Sandusky County, Gibsonburg is also closely watching the state’s

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City’s six-month ban expiring this month

Margaret Phillips(Photo: City of Port Clinton)

PORT CLINTON – With Port Clinton’s temporary six-month ban on medical marijuana-related businesses expiring this month, some city council members are considering the idea of allowing them after studying the state law for weeks.

On Tuesday, Port Clinton’s laws, rules and ordinances committee met and discussed the possible future of medical marijuana businesses in the city along with a few area residents.

Beth Gillman, councilwoman for Port Clinton’s first ward and a member of the committee, said the meeting was not about debating the merits of marijuana’s medical use but rather how city officials should approach the business issue going forward.

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In December, Port Clinton City Council unanimously passed a six-month moratorium on the cultivation, processing, distribution or retail sale of medical marijuana within city limits.

According to the ordinance, the period of the moratorium would last just six months from the time it was passed, meaning it expired on June 13.

However, Gillman said to date no one has yet applied with the Port Clinton chief zoning inspector, whom the state law requires anyone seeking a license to open a medical marijuana-related business first get the approval of in the respective jurisdiction.

The rules for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program limit the number of medical marijuana cultivators to a total of 24, split into two different levels of 12 each based on size.

Ohio law delegates the medical marijuana licensing authority to the Department of Commerce.

“My assumption is, the people who were going to get these first 24 licenses, which are annually renewable, that they already have their ducks in a row,” she said. “So that’s what we’re

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The medical-marijuana industry will not be dormant in Ohio much longer, but the city of Powell does not plan to reap the rewards.

Powell City Council on June 20 voted unanimously to ban businesses that grow, process or sell medical marijuana within city limits. The Ohio legislature last year approved the use of medical marijuana throughout the state but gave municipalities the right to bar marijuana-related businesses.

Potential cultivation businesses have until the end of June to apply for licenses from the state, while the Ohio Board of Pharmacy has not yet finalized application and licensing rules for potential dispensaries.

While several central Ohio communities have considered or passed moratoriums, Powell officials said they felt more comfortable with a full ban.

“It’s something we could modify down the road,” Councilman Frank Bertone said.

Bertone, chairman of the city’s operations committee, said he feared a moratorium would be more likely to open Powell up to legal challenges.

City Law Director Gene Hollins previously said he advises municipalities against passing such moratoriums because businesses could sue to overturn them by arguing the length of the temporary bans are unreasonable.

Powell’s ban does not prevent residents from using medical marijuana or purchasing it outside the city. It also does not prohibit a public or private entity from conducting research related to marijuana within city limits.

Anyone who violates the city’s prohibition on businesses that grow, process or sell marijuana faces a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge every day the firm remains open.

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Huber Heights discuses changing zoning to allow medical marijuana facilities (WKEF/WRGT)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Huber Heights City Council is discussing zoning changes to allow for medical marijuana cultivation, processing and dispensaries.

They held a public hearing Monday night to allow the public to speak on the issue.

State guidelines on medical marijuana will not be finalized until September 2017.

Members of the public attending the hearing expressed concern about the city changing zoning preliminary to any state decisions.

Commenters and members of city council expressed concern that not enough research has been done on the matter for Huber Heights to make a decision.

Others are concerned because of the cash only facilities, who will be able to get possession of the substance when Montgomery County is already in the middle of a massive opiate crisis.

“I’m really terrified of the diversion,” said Families of Addicts founder Lori Erion who spoke at the meeting, “I’m not saying that there isn’t a place for THC to be able to alleviate some medical conditions at all, but just like the pain pill crisis it started with the mis-marketing of oxycodone and opiate related medications, and here’s where we are today. So, I feel like the same thing could happen if it’s completely mismanaged.”

The city council did not take action on the proposed zoning changes Monday but did decide to send a survey out to Huber Heights residents on the matter.

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Sin City will launch its latest legal vice by week’s end.

Lines are expected Saturday outside some medical marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas and other Nevada cities that will begin selling pot for recreational use for the first time since voters approved it in November.

It’s the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales of any of the seven other states and the District of Columbia where pot is legal.

It comes after an ongoing legal battle over the drug’s distribution created uncertainty but ultimately won’t affect the kickoff.

Here’s a look at what’s expected this week:

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN SATURDAY?

Anyone who is 21 with a valid ID can buy up to an ounce of pot, one-eighth of an ounce of edibles or concentrates. State regulators have notified at least 17 retail outlets that they have been approved for recreational sales and as many as 40 could be licensed by Saturday.

Some outlets plan grand opening events at 12:01 a.m., and one in Las Vegas is having a barbecue with raffle drawings. Nevada Dispensary Association President Andrew Jolley isn’t sure what kind of turnout to expect but said, “We are anticipating a lot of very happy customers.”

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WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

Industry experts predict Nevada’s market will be the nation’s biggest, at least until California plans to begin recreational sales in January.

Nevada sales should eventually exceed those in Colorado, Oregon and Washington state because of the 45 million tourists who annually visit Las Vegas. Regulators anticipate 63 percent of customers will be tourists.

“I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything quite like what Nevada is going to look like just because of the sheer volume of tourism in the state,” said Nancy Whiteman, co-owner of the Colorado-based Wana Brands, which makes edible pot products.

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CINCINNATI — A Cincinnati City Council committee voted unanimously Tuesday to allow medical marijuana to be grown in the city.

Ohio lawmakers voted last year to legalize medical marijuana, joining the more than two dozen states. Since then, state regulators have been crafting the rules for how the newly legal drug can be grown, processed and sold to eligible patients.

The law, which is expected to be fully in place by September 2018, places some limits on where the new operations can be located. For example, marijuana-related businesses must be more than 500 feet away from schools, churches, day cares, public parks and playgrounds. Beyond that, communities can decide what other restrictions they want in place.

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Ohio expects to issue up to 12 “Level 1” licenses for larger cultivators whose operations will be at least 25,000 square feet of growing space. Another 12 “Level II” licenses will go to smaller growers whose operations are 3,000 square feet or less. Applications for the larger sites are due Friday.

Tuesday’s vote, in council’s Law and Public Safety Committee, would allow cultivation and processing facilities in Cincinnati’s manufacturing districts. The full city council still has to approve the ordinance.

Councilman Charlie Winburn wondered if the city might put itself into legal jeopardy with the federal government. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

“At this point, we are merely making land use decisions, and so the city itself would not be engaging in anything, I believe, that would trigger concerns,” city attorney Marion Haynes said.

Winburn also worried national companies would dominate the market. Ohio has set some of the highest fees of any state with legal pot laws on their books. For large growers, the initial application fee is $20,000, with a $180,000

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A 15 acre plot in Camp Washington could soon become one of the state’s first marijuana grow farms.

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The site of the former Kahn’s meat packing plant could come back to life as part of a plan backed by Rhinegeist Brewery.

The city of Cincinnati cleared the way for the project by changing city zoning restrictions.

Neighborhood activist say the project would be welcomed.

“Its a really well regulated industry. I don’t see problems coming along with this,” James Heller-Jackson of the Mt. Washington Community Council said. “I think its going to be a win-win for Camp Washington and the city of Cincinnati.”

The project would include a beer cooling facility along with the pot farm. Joe Garman said this is a good development for his neighborhood.

“This is the first time that one company has come in and said they would take the entire 15 acres,” Garman said.

Under the ordinance passed Tuesday, the city cleared the way only for businesses wishing to apply to cultivate marijuana.

It is still not clear if Cincinnati leaders will allow pot to be processed, tested and sold within city limits.

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The full Cincinnati Council will vote Wednesday on a measure to allow medical marijuana cultivation and processing facilities in the city’s manufacturing zones.  

The Law and Public Safety Committee approved the issue Tuesday.

“The proposed notwithstanding ordinance would permit medical marijuana cultivators to establish facilities in any of the manufacturing zoning districts,” said Ann Marie Kerby, a senior planner for the city. “They would then follow the same regulations and standards as farming or general production industry in those zoning districts.”

She showed the committee members a map of those areas.

“A lot of the industrial area lies along the Mill Creek corridor and along the western riverfront and the northeast part of Cincinnati,” Kerby said.

People who want to cultivate and process medical marijuana in Ohio must apply for a state license by Friday. They are required to provide detailed plans, including locations, as part of the application process. There’s also a hefty application fee. The city needed to determine where such facilities could be located so those interested would know their applications are correct.

City attorney Marion Haynes said officials were working to meet state deadlines even though the state has yet to release all the rules and regulations for the new medical marijuana program.

“The idea was to provide both a mechanism for approving these, but giving the city the time it needs to react to the rules, some of which have not been adopted yet,” Haynes said.

Council Member Kevin Flynn said city officials did a good job getting the right balance.

“The state said, ‘you need to do something by a certain date, but we’re not going to tell you all the rules that you have to operate under,'” Flynn said. “To allow potential investors in our city to have some assurance that they’re

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