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Top stories of 2017: Medical pot sites come to Springfield


Here’s a look at one of our top stories of 2017.

The medical marijuana industry made its local impact in November after the Medical Marijuana Control Program and the Ohio Board of Pharmacy granted two grower licenses to the Springfield region. Ohio Pure Wellness will utilize the former Eagle Beverage building on Dayton-Springfield Road in Mad River Twp., while another grower, Cresco Labs Ohio LLC, has already broken ground on a new facility in Yellow Springs.

» READ MORE: Springfield, Yellow Springs to get large marijuana growing operations

Leaders in Mad River Twp. applauded the move, as it will make use of unused property inside the township and bring new jobs to the community. Some residents, however, expressed displeasure over the move.

“The only reason they want (to grow medical marijuana) is to make money,” Mad River Twp. resident Jeff Ballard said. “I’m thoroughly opposed to it.”

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