HURON — A business bringing medical marijuana into Huron refers to the operation as a legal lifesaver for people suffering from long-lasting illnesses.
Many details about the company, known as Ohio Patients’ Choice or OPC Cultivation, remain unknown as of today and won’t be learned for quite some time.
But, among other facts, here’s what the Register has previously confirmed:
• On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Commerce awarded this company one of 13 coveted statewide “large grower” licenses to build a medical marijuana cultivation center in Huron’s corporate park off Rye Beach Road.
• The facility, which could represent a privately funded investment totaling as much as $20 million, must open by September 2018. That means construction might start before 2017 ends.
• The company plans on creating at least 72 direct jobs from within this cultivation center with opportunities to generate related employment in and around Huron.
• Local officials primarily support the move because it should inject new streams of revenues — through real estate, income, sales and other tax sources — into, among other entities, Huron Schools, the Huron Public Library and the city government.
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During an exclusive interview with the Register, Cleveland-based attorney Jeff McCourt, the legal counsel representing Ohio Patients’ Choice, who’s worked with Huron officials on this project, provided some additional context:
• Who he is: “I have several clients working in the medical marijuana industry and related activities nationally. I have also worked with the owners of this applicant group for a while and helped them essentially quarterback the process of putting the application together and building a team for the Ohio license application.”
• Who he’s working for: “The ownership group is most easily thought of as a joint venture between two successful Ohio-based entrepreneurs who have