Applications reveal where 12 medical marijuana farms could go …


Rick Rouan The Columbus Dispatch @RickRouan

Tucked among the many auto retailers, paint shops and storage items in Columbus’ manufacturing districts and enterprise parks, a brand new enterprise could quickly flourish: medical marijuana.

As of Friday, 12 candidates for state licenses to develop medical marijuana on 11 websites in Columbus have requested town to signal paperwork verifying that it wouldn’t prohibit cultivation websites.

Many probably gained’t make the lower. Ohio plans to license 24 develop websites — a dozen giant websites and a dozen smaller ones — throughout the state underneath a brand new regulation permitting for medical cannabis.

The state finally will resolve who might be licensed. The metropolis’s solely position within the utility course of is to verify that it doesn’t have a moratorium towards them.

State regulation says that a marijuana farm can’t be inside 500 toes of a college, church, public library, public playground or public park.

Columbus already has determined that it’ll permit cultivation websites solely in areas which can be zoned for manufacturing, and it’s engaged on modifications to its zoning code to set native guidelines for growers, processors and dispensaries. 

Parts of the purposes obtained by The Dispatch by a public data request present that the websites town has signed off on are scattered throughout Columbus. Five are on the South Side, and three are on the West Side, together with two candidates vying for one website there. Another website is on the Far West Side. 

 
The last two websites are out east: one on the Near East Side and one other on the East Side, simply west of John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

City officers are verifying that the websites are zoned for manufacturing, however a few of them abut residential areas.

One of these is a Smoot Construction property at 907 N. 23rd St. on the NearEast Side. LaTonya Evans can hear the heavy equipment rolling on the website from her close by residence. She stated she’s involved about safety.

“I could see a problem,” she stated. “I’m not sure what people would be going over there.”

Her neighbor, Percy Walker, stated he’s not involved as a result of he already has a burglar alarm on his residence.

The applicant, Under the Water Tower LLC, lists Smoot Construction because the contact for the positioning. Smoot didn’t return a name looking for remark.

Certified Pharmaceuticals LLC is making use of for a license for a cultivation website at 745 Harrison Dr. on the West Side, amongst different companies within the sprawling manufacturing district. A contact for the corporate didn’t return a name looking for remark.

The Westbrook Manufactured Home Community is true subsequent to that website. That doesn’t hassle Steve Johnston, a resident who stated crime is an even bigger drawback in his neighborhood than one other enterprise.

“To me, it’s a business,” he stated. “A business is a business. They could be growing tomatoes.”

Kelley Mottola utilized for a license by her firm, Kush Tomato LLC, however stated that she is competing with one other firm for the property at 4160 Roberts Rd.

Mottola and her husband desire a license for a smaller develop website. They already run an indoor gardening retail operation close by.

“It’s already fenced in,” she said. “It needs a little work, but it’s definitely a do-able facility and it’s a pretty good size.”

Michael Reardon, a managing accomplice with HVV Mission Ohio LLC, stated the positioning his firm needs to make use of at 1149 and 1161 Rarig Ave. would require about $three.5 million in upgrades to show the East Side warehouse right into a develop website.

His firm already holds licenses in Massachusetts, where it’s constructing a 46,000-square-foot cultivation facility.

“The program is not perfect in Ohio,” he stated. “It’s a pretty good start.”

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