Ground Broken for Ohio's First Medical Marijuana Facility


A milestone in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana industry was set Thursday as Cresco Labs was the first to break ground on their cultivation facility in Yellow Springs. Cresco will develop a 50,000-square foot environmentally-sound greenhouse that will grow and harvest condition-specific strains of medical marijuana that will be available in dispensaries to physician-certified patients across the state by June.

Cresco was awarded a Level 1 cultivation license by the Ohio Department of Commerce just two weeks ago and says they are focused on being one of the first companies to provide relief to qualified patients across the state. 

 "We’re excited to be the first to break ground and move one step closer to providing relief to patients across the state," said Charles Bachtell, CEO of Cresco Labs. "This is the launch of the most thoughtful and balanced regulated medical marijuana program in the country – the result of a truly engaged government that cared about getting it right for its citizens, a community that embraced being a part of this project and a company that puts patients first and is setting the standard for how this industry develops. We are all celebrating today."

Cresco Labs develops pharmaceutical-grade, dose-regulated medical cannabis products across the country.  They have also applied for a dispensary license and will apply for a processing license.

"Medical cannabis is a great fit for Yellow Springs as it combines our local strengths and values of agriculture, wellness and a progressive approach to medicine," said Karen Wintrow, Yellow Springs Village Council President. "We look forward to working with Cresco as they build and staff their new facility and know they will be a valued contributor to the quality of life in Yellow Springs with jobs and community support."

Ohio is the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana. When implemented next year, the state's medical marijuana law will allow people with medical conditions such as cancer and epilepsy to buy and use marijuana if a doctor recommends it.



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