Eastlake facility gets OK to grow medical marijuana

July 30, 2018

Eastlake facility gets OK to grow medical marijuana

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Buckeye Relief LLC has the green light to start growing medical marijuana at its Eastlake facility.

The Ohio Department of Commerce awarded a final certificate of operation to the company on Friday after it passed a state inspection. Buckeye Relief is the first large-scale grower to pass inspection and can now begin growing marijuana.

“Our BR team is already focused on planting and shifting our efforts to producing medicine of the highest quality for Ohio’s patients,” Buckeye Relief CEO Andy Rayburn said in a statement.

The certificate of operation allows the company to grow up to 25,000 square feet of marijuana, expandable to up to 75,000 square feet if the state determines there is greater patient demand.

The company plans to hire 20 to 40 employees at its 60,000-square-foot facility and expects to have marijuana ready for patient consumption by the end of the year.

Buckeye Relief also applied for a medical marijuana processor license, which would allow it to make medical marijuana oils, lotions, edibles and patches. Processor licenses have not yet been awarded.

Map by Jackie Borchardt, cleveland.com

The state awarded 24 provisional cultivator licenses in November and two licenses in recent months, one after an error was discovered and another on appeal. Licensees have nine months to build and set up their facilities, but cold weather and local planning and zoning inspections have pushed back inspection dates.

Two other facilities have been approved to start growing up to 3,000 square feet of marijuana: Wellspring Fields in Ravenna and Agri-Med Ohio LLC in Langsville.

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