ELYRIA — Ohio’s venture into the medical marijuana industry has many unknowns, but Elyria’s elected leaders are willing to learn on the go with Green Mile Enterprise leading the way.
On Monday night, City Council voted to endorse the application of the company fronted by Elyria native Darrin Farrow, who plans to apply for state licenses to grow, process and sell medicinal cannabis products to patients at a facility to be determined in the city.
The location, which Farrow said he is quickly trying to lock down, is just one of things to be determined. It is just getting started in Ohio, so Elyria officials cannot give residents the kind of facts they want.
“We are learning a lot along the way,” said Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda. “We know this will be sort of a leap of faith and the research is not completely conclusive, but there is substantial evidence … so that the state took that leap of faith and made it legal.”
Council’s endorsement Monday will not guarantee Farrow and his team are successful in their license application, as startups do not have to seek a city’s approval, but it will increase Green Mile’s score on the state’s grading matrix. Farrow said that is how the state will decide who gets to set up and where.
Simultaneously, the state’s boards of commerce and pharmacy are doing their work to construct appropriate guidelines and rules.
“There are just a lot of things we do not know how to respond to yet,” Brinda said.
Nonetheless, it is a gamble some are willing to take because of the possible financial reward. For Councilman Jack Cerra, D-7th Ward, who has taken to social media to gauge public response in the