Lima resident Josiah Mathews is looking to bring a medical marijuana operation to the city.
LIMA — A local resident with a background in community activism, business and the pharmaceutical industry is looking to bring medical marijuana to the city of Lima.
Josiah Mathews, of Lima, has launched a medical marijuana company called Greenfield Heights Operative Group LLC, which is named after the neighborhood in which he grew up. Mathews said it is still unclear where the operation would be located, assuming it is approved.
“The purpose is to one day be able to cultivate and dispense medical cannabis,” Mathews said. “Lima is my hometown, so I really want to do business here. I think Lima and northwest Ohio is a perfect place for it.”
Citing the opioid epidemic that has plagued northwest Ohio and the entire state, Mathews said medical cannabis provides an alternative form of medicine that is much less potent and addictive than opioids.
“It concerns me when I see such a natural medicine available to people, and yet I see so much push-back on it,” Mathews said. “I see communities legislating it much harsher than they’re legislating opioids, yet in the same breath they are saying how opioids are tearing our communities a part.
“Cannabis is not tearing our communities a part. Opioids are.”
Growing up with a “disdain for drugs,” Mathews said it was his life experiences that changed his mind about marijuana. He has seen loved ones with no prior drug use become addicted to pain pills because they were legally prescribed by doctors to help with their medical conditions.
“When you see the people closest to you die addicted to opioids, that’s scary,” he said. “These are people who didn’t even do