T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON A LOCAL businessman is planning to open a medical marijuana dispensary, Ohio Valley Medcan, at this former bank building in Lansing if approved by the state of Ohio.
LANSING — Local businessman Ron Naylor believes he has a good chance at getting approved to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Belmont County.
Naylor, who owns and operates Martins Ferry-based Naylor Bros. Towing, Fat Boys Bail Bonding and Naylor Properties, is among the six people who have applied with the state to open such a facility locally. He aims to open a dispensary in a former bank building in Lansing.
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy stopped taking applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in recent days, receiving 370 as of Nov. 17. Of those 370, the board is permitted to grant up to 60 provisional licenses.
Locally, six different companies or people applied, 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. “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 will get one.”
Naylor said he does not know when the