RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Two weeks after dropping its moratorium on medical marijuana business taking place in their city, Richmond Heights officials are experiencing the effect they desired.
Council had hoped that those in the competitive business, made possible last June when the state legislature approved the use of medical marijuana, would take a look at Richmond Heights as a place to grow, process and dispense marijuana.
City leaders believed that much-needed revenue could be derived from such activity and repealed a moratorium. Several local communities last year placed such a block on the medical marijuana business, but have not taken action to repeal those pieces of legislation.
On Tuesday evening, council’s Planning & Zoning Committee heard from Ron Hudson, the owner of Mr. McGooz’ Canna Products. Hudson, a Marine veteran and possessor of a doctorate in biology, told council of his negotiations to purchase the former Villa di Borally party center, 27227 Chardon Road, so that it can be converted into a multi-purpose medical marijuana facility.
Hudson spoke of a plan that would encompass all three phases of the medical marijuana business — cultivation, processing and dispensing — under one roof at the three-tiered building, located just east of the closed Casa di Borally building. The facility, he said, would also include offices for two Cleveland Clinic doctors who are already investing in what he said would be a $2.5-million facility.
In addition, Hudson would utilize a building on the Cuyahoga County Airport grounds to serve as a laboratory.
“For Richmond Heights,” Hudson said after the meeting, “it gives them the opportunity to be the first city in Ohio to have such a facility where (cultivation, processing and dispensing) are under one roof. It would become a flagship operation for the whole country.
“There would be job opportunities, and it