The investors behind a plan to build a marijuana cultivation facility in Wilmington envision five harvests of medical cannabis each year, employing an initial 50 to 60 people and driven by what in time will be a $40 million investment.
“I don’t think anyone else in Ohio comes close to what we bring to the table,” said Ohio financier Jimmy Gould, partner in CannAscend Ohio LLC.
Gould, with financier partner Ian James and former United Nation’s Children’s Emergency Fund Ambassador Bill Brisben, believe the “campus”-type facility can employ more than 220 workers when fully operational, Gould said.
“My hope for Wilmington is continued revitalization of the community, anywhere from 220 to 300 jobs over the next six years,” he said.
Dr. Suzanne Sisley has been hired to be the partnership’s Ohio medical director, the first time the organization has made that announcement, Gould said.
Sisley is a familiar name in marijuana research circles. The University of Arizona “abruptly” fired her in 2014 from a prominent position as a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, according to the Los Angeles Times and other media.
“Sisley charges she was fired after her research — and her personal political crusading — created unwanted attention for the university from legislative Republicans who control its purse strings,” the Times wrote in 2014.
The Wilmington Community Improvement Corp. has a land contract with CannAscend Ohio, said David Raizk, executive director of the corporation and a former Wilmington mayor.
The facility would be built on a 19-acre lot on Davids Drive near the Wilmington Air Park, if the group