The site of the proposed warehouse is vacant land at Jason Street and Cassandra Drive.
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A Cleveland-based company that has applied for a state license to grow medical marijuana won approval Thursday from the Toledo Plan Commission to build a 60,000-square-foot cultivation warehouse near Alexis Road and Suder Avenue.
Les Hollis, a consultant for Lake Erie Compassion Care, said the proposed facility would employ as many as 60 people, generating a $2.5 million to $3 million annual payroll.
It would be capable of harvesting $25 million to $30 million of wholesale medical marijuana each year, Mr. Hollis said.
The site of the proposed warehouse is vacant land at Jason Street and Cassandra Drive, within a half-mile of the Michigan-Ohio border.
Compassion Care is among 185 firms competing for two dozen cultivation licenses, according to an applicant list provided by the Ohio Department of Commerce. Licenses for growers are expected to be announced in November.
The project — the first to go before the local plan commission — does not need zoning approval because the 27-acre parcel is zone for industrial use, the zoning classification permitted for medical-marijuana grow operations.
“I don’t think anywhere in northwest Ohio you could have found a piece of property more appropriate for this operation,” commissioner Ken Fallows said.
Mr. Hollis said the facility would be equipped with security cameras to provide 24-hour surveillance of the warehouse and adjacent land and staffed with a security workforce.
“It will be the most secure facility in the state short of a jail,” he told the commissioners.
The developer of the facility and land owner is 4M Investors LLC.
Mr. Hollis said if Compassion Care receives state approval for marijuana