WARREN COUNTY, Ohio —
Warren County could soon be home to one of the 24 medical marijuana farms in the state of Ohio.
Zoning officials said they are searching in parts of the county for a location for a possible grow facility.
“This is medical marijuana. This is not open to the public to purchase for personal use,” said Warren County zoning inspector Michael Yetter.
A site has not yet been selected. The company interested would still have to get a license from the state.
The Ohio Department of Commerce currently plans to award up to 12 large-grow licenses and 12 small-grow licenses statewide.
If a facility eventually gets built, it would be an indoor grow operation and would likely have a lab and processing area.
“I think this is going to look like an agricultural building that’s sitting out in the middle of some acreage and I don’t think people are going to know it’s there,” Yetter said.
Harlan Township, which is mostly rural, is among the most likely spots for the facility according to zoning officials.
Ohio’s medical marijuana law permits residents with one of the state’s preapproved medical conditions and diseases to buy and use marijuana only if such treatment is recommended by a physician.
At a farmers market in Lebanon, the proposal has drawn mixed reviews from the community.
“No, I don’t want that. No, I don’t want my children near growing marijuana,” said Bennie Taylor who is a teacher in Warren County.
“I think it’s a great idea, I’d love to see it here in Ohio. My husband has chronic back pain, so I know he would love to have the opportunity to get it,” said Natasha Baker who operates a farm in Warren County.