The proposed site for the facility is the former JFK Community Center property at 33505 Curtis Blvd. It has been unused for about 15 years.
Buckeye Relief, previously referred to as Big Game Capital, would purchase the property pending approval of the state licences needed to open the medical marijuana facility.
On hand at the meeting to answer residents’ questions were Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley; state Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, who helped get the bill legalizing medical marijuana passed in Ohio; Andrew Rayburn of Buckeye Relief; Brian Vicente, an attorney specializing in marijuana who helped write the laws for several other states; and Lewis Merletti, security consultant for Buckeye Relief and former United States Secret Service director.
“This would be the ground floor,” Morley said. “There would be 14 of these in the state, and we would be on the ground level of this.”
Yuko feels there is great potential in having this facility.
“This is strictly a business that has tremendous medicinal value. It could be a game changer for lives,” he said. “We are always talking about a new business, and this is a new business.”
The facility is planned to be 60,000 square feet with state-of-the-art security, according to Rayburn.
It will include air and water filtration systems, and a foot berm of trees will surround it to keep it from view of neighboring houses. Between the berm and the facility will be a fence.
It is not a heavy manufacturing facility, Rayburn said, meaning relativity little to no noise and no heavy traffic.
About 25,000 feet of plants would be cultivated, processed and dried prior to shipping to dispensaries around Northeast