Ohio lawmakers have legalized medical marijuana so when are you able to anticipate to see it?
Jessie Balmert

No companies related to the medical marijuana trade will probably be allowed in West Chester Township.(Photo: File photograph)

Columbia Township could be completely satisfied to have a medical marijuana dispensary function in its neighborhood.

Administrator C. Michael Lemon stated the Columbia Township Board of Trustees handed a decision Nov. 14 that clears the best way for a medical marijuana dispensary to open within the township.

The decision doesn’t allow cultivation or processing services within the township.

Lemon stated the state will permit 60 dispensaries and has allotted three of the licenses to Hamilton County. The township has been approached by potential dispensary operators and the closing window for candidates on Friday prompted motion by the township, Lemon stated.

The zone recognized within the decision is the Ridge and Highland business space, which can be a Joint Economic Development Zone. The dispensary wouldn’t be permitted in a residential space.

Lemon stated if a state-licensed dispensary locates within the township, it will deliver huge financial advantages, in addition to private well being advantages for these in want.

“There have been numerous studies in recent years that show how medical marijuana has significant beneficial effects for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other serious ailments,” he stated. “This would be a win for individuals within the township who endure these medical conditions and would be a resource for people all across the county.”

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Lemon stated township officers have been approached concerning the potential challenge inside the final month, He stated the clinics projected they may do as a lot as $50 million in enterprise by the third to fifth yr of operation.

“This will function a win-win for everybody concerned. It’s a win for these which might be experiencing sure medical situations, in addition to present consolation to their households by offering the information that they’re in much less ache,” Lemon said. “It may also be a win for the township as an entire, as we’ll expertise optimistic financial impacts from the introduction of this enterprise alternative into Columbia Township.”

He stated the township should be sure any dispensary is situated within the applicable place. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program stipulates retail dispensary is prohibited from being situated inside 500 ft of a faculty, church, public library, public playground, public park or neighborhood dependancy companies supplier.

“Now, we hope the teams we’re working with can win one of many 60 licenses from the state,” Lemon said. “We hope to listen to the ultimate ends in the subsequent 90-180 days.”

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy completed accepting purposes for dispensary licenses Nov. 17. The board obtained 370 dispensary purposes. From these, the Board of Pharmacy is allowed to award as much as 60 provisional licenses.


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