Two license applications from companies seeking to locate medical marijuana dispensaries in Highland County were among nearly 400 received from across the state for 60 licenses that will eventually be issued. The deadline for applications was last Friday.
Companies calling themselves “Debbie’s Dispensary Ohio 4” and “Ohio Biotherapy LLC” were the only two applications received seeking to locate a dispensary in the district that includes Highland, Brown and Adams counties. No applications were filed seeking to locate dispensaries in Brown or Adams.
In regard to dispensary licenses, Highland County is part of what has been designated District 6 in the Southwest region of the state, grouped with Adams and Brown counties. One dispensary license has been set aside for the three-country district.
In a business filing with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, Ohio Biotherapy LLC provided an address of “108 Governor Trimble Place, Unit No. 102,” which is adjacent to the offices of The Times-Gazette in a space currently leased by a gunsmith. The property is owned by Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings.
Hastings said Wednesday he was approached recently by representatives of a company who were interested in leasing the space, but his understanding was that it ultimately did not qualify for a marijuana dispensary because it was located too close to a church.
State law says medical marijuana dispensaries cannot be located within 500 feet of a school, church, public library, public playground, public park or community addiction services provider.
Hastings said he was told that the company instead found a property along West Main Street beyond the uptown district.
“I’m surprised they have the Trimble Place location listed on their business filing,” said Hastings. “In fact, though, I was approached about a number of locations I own, but none of them were suitable” for