Ontario officials want public input on Ohio company’s proposal to site a marijuana grow operation in the city
Medical marijuana grown in California in 2015(Photo: AP file photo)
ONTARIO – Ontario officials will seek public comment on a proposal by an Ohio company to build and operate a 35,000- to 40,000-square-foot medical marijuana growing operation somewhere in Richland County — possibly on two undisclosed industrially zoned parcels within Ontario city limits.
Mayor Randy Hutchinson spoke non-commitally during a city council meeting Wednesday about a conference call held recently with Barrett Thomas, director of economic development for the Richland Community Development Group; a representative of that company; and Shelby Mayor Steve Schag, in which the company described its plans to apply for a state license to open a marijuana-growing operation. The marijuana would be for medical use.
Hutchinson told city council that MedMen, a Los Angeles based company, would run the operation, as it expands its current operations around the U.S.
However, Thomas said Thursday morning that an unnamed Ohio company – not MedMen – is applying to the state for one of the dozen or so permits the state will issue for cultivation/production operations.
While some facilities function both as growing sites and dispensaries, the one in Richland County was described as a secured warehouse strictly for growing, with no sales on site, Hutchinson told said. “If this would locate here in Richland County, the plant they’re going to build would only be for cultivation,” he said.
The facility was described as employing 35 to 40 people, at salaries ranging from $35,000 to $90,000, for a $1 million payroll, Hutchinson told Ontario council.
Hutchinson said he planned to ask a company representative to appear at the next