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LANSING — As 2018 nears, a local entrepreneur is waiting to discover whether his plan to open a medical marijauna dispensary in Belmont County will be approved by the state.
Ron Naylor, who owns and operates Martins Ferry-based Naylor Bros. Towing, Fat Boys Bail Bonding and Naylor Properties, is working with a group of people who have applied to open a dispensary in the former Belmont Savings Bank building on National Road in Lansing.
Naylor is among the six people who have applied with the state to open such a facility locally.
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy stopped taking applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in November, receiving 370 forms. Of those 370, the board is permitted to grant up to 60 provisional licenses.
Six different companies or people applied locally, according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Board. The state has been divided into districts. Naylor’s proposed dispensary would be located in Southeast 9 district, which is only allowed to have two dispensaries total among the counties of Belmont, Monroe, Harrison and Jefferson.
Three other companies have applied to open in District 9, but they all are proposed for Jefferson County.
“There were others who wanted to apply in Belmont County, but with the restrictions they put on everything, we fortunately were the only team able to put it together,” Naylor said previously. “They’re only going to give two licenses. I feel we have a great chance to acquire one of those licenses.”
His dispensary would be called Ohio Valley Medcan.
“I don’t think they will put two in Jefferson County. Belmont County is more centrally located — it’s a perfect fit. I think Jefferson County