Gibsonburg will host northwest Ohio’s only large medical marijuana grow site.
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GIBSONBURG — Gibsonburg will host northwest Ohio’s only large medical marijuana grow site.
The Ohio Department of Commerce on Thursday announced license approvals for 11 Level I cultivators, which can have grow operations of up to 25,000 square feet. Standard Wellness Company has proposed a cultivation site in the village’s Clearview Industrial Park on the eastern edge of town.
The state earlier in November announced license approvals for 11 Level II cultivators, which can have up to 3,000 square feet of grow space. OhioGrow LLC, which has proposed a cultivation site at 367 E. State Line Rd. in Toledo, was the only cultivator in northwest Ohio approved by the department for Level II licenses.
The commerce department had received 109 Level I applications and 76 Level II applications. House Bill 523, the Ohio law that last year legalized marijuana for medical use only, left it up to state agencies to determine the rules for medical marijuana’s cultivation, processing, and sale.
Two of the companies approved for Level II licenses submitted several sites; only one will be approved for those companies. That meant the state could, if it chose, approve an additional Level II license.
The Department of Commerce announced Thursday that it had added a location in Lorain County as its twelfth Level II cultivator.
The state could take a similar action with Level I licenses, as Harvest Grows had two locations approved.
The licenses are provisional, meaning the companies have nine months to get their businesses operational. They’ll need a certificate of operation approved by the state following an inspection.
Marc Glotzbecker, village administrator of Gibsonburg, called the state’s decision a “huge win for the Gibsonburg community and Sandusky County in general.”