COLUMBUS — Ohio has chosen its first 11 growers for its medical marijuana program, with one to be located in Meigs County.
The smaller growers announced Friday by the Department of Commerce would cultivate up to 3,000 square feet. That’s a small portion of the anticipated cultivation. Up to a dozen larger growers for sites up to 25,000 square feet are expected to be announced later this month.
The 11 chosen growers applied for sites in Butler, Clinton, Fairfield, Franklin, Lorain, Lucas, Meigs, Montgomery, Portage, Stark and Summit counties. Two companies applied for multiple locations and must decide on one.
The Meigs County site is NOT the larger Level 1 facility which has been applied for in Racine by Ohio Therapeutics LLC, but a smaller facility in the Langsville area.
According to a release from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, Agri-Med Ohio LLC, based in Vienna, West Virginia, was approved for a location with an address along State Route 124 in Langsville.
An announcement on the large facilities, including the one proposed in Racine, is expected in the coming weeks. The Racine facility was the subject of public meetings and support resolutions by local government officials.
The approved companies will get provisional licenses but can’t immediately begin growing marijuana. They must first get their businesses operational and have a state team visit their facilities.