Many of the companies also applied to open dispensaries in other nearby counties, records showed. One company, Pure Ohio Wellness, LLC, was selected by the program last week to operate one of the state’s 12 large-scale grow operations, in Mad River Twp.
Renea Murnahan-Turner, the chief executive officer of Cannabis for Cures, LLC at 42 N. Fountain Ave., initially applied for a dispensary but said her application wasn’t processed because allegedly she didn’t include electronic versions of her application. That wasn’t on an application checklist, she said, but was listed online.
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“I was surprised we got that many and so many non-local applicants,” Thompson said. “I thought we would have more interest locally. … It’s a positive thing if they think there’s a market for it here.”
Medical marijuana dispensary zoning applications
Green: Applied with state
The form solely says the proposed location fits the city zoning code, Thompson said. The city didn’t receive any applications for growing or cultivation operations, he said.
Turner recently sued the state of Ohio, state agencies and state officials, claiming they’re not enforcing the new medical marijuana laws fairly. She expects more lawsuits to be filed over the next few years, she said.
“There’s going to be a ton of them,” Turner said.
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Springfield is a central location between Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus, which makes it an attractive site, Turner said.
“It’s a quick stop and pretty well centralized to a lot of areas,” Turner said.
In August of 2016, city commissioners placed a six-month temporary ban on new medical marijuana-related businesses, which came after Gov. John Kasich signed a bill in 2016 making cannabis legal in Ohio for medical use. That moratorium lasted until the end of September of this year.
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Earlier this year, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program and the State Board of Ohio Pharmacy announced a total of 60 dispensaries will be allowed in four different regions throughout Ohio, including 15 in southwestern Ohio. Last month, the state announced more than 370 applied for those 60 dispensaries.
Dispensary owners must pay a $5,000 application fee, a $70,000 certificate of operation fee and have $250,000 in the bank to cover operating expenses.
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Conditions eligible for medical marijuana in Ohio
AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, cancer, chronic pain, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, spinal cord conditions, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury and sickle cell anemia.
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