MT. ORAB, Ohio – Mt. Orab is among 12 locations selected for large growers of medical marijuana by the state of Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Commerce announced the large cultivators and one small grower on Thursday, rounding out a list of 24 companies authorized to produce medical marijuana under the new system expected to go live September of next year.

According to reports, large growers paid $20,000 to apply for operation of sites up to 25,000 square feet. They’ll pay $180,000 in initial licensing fees and $200,000 a year afterward.

Columbia Care LLC is the company that will be setting up shop in Mt. Orab. On its website, Columbia Care describes itself as “A patient-centered healthcare company setting the standard of care for medical marijuana.”

“Columbia Care is honored and excited to be part of Ohio’s medical marijuana program and begin the important work of investing in Ohio and helping patients get the medicine they need. Today’s decision will allow Columbia Care to bring its national track-record of compliance and best-in-class care to support the launch of this important program,” said Liz Keningsberg, spokeswoman for Columbia Care. “We look forward to working with the Mt. Orab community and others in Ohio in the coming months. The Company’s mission is to improve lives and communities through research, education, partnerships and the responsible use of their products.”

Ohio passed its medicinal marijuana law last year. It allows people with qualifying medical conditions, such as cancer and epilepsy, to buy and use marijuana if a doctor recommends it.

The other locations awarded were:

-- Buckeye Relief (Eastlake, Lake County)

-- Grow Ohio Pharmaceuticals (Newtown Township, Miskingum County)

-- OPC Cultivation LLC (Huron, Erie County)

-- Riviera Creek Holdings LLC (Youngstown, Mahoning County)

-- Pure Ohio Wellness LLC (Springfield, Clark County)

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-- Terradiol Ohio LLC (Canton, Stark County)

-- Standard Wellness Company LLC (Canton, Stark County)

-- AT-CPC of Ohio LLC (Yellow Springs, Greene County)

-- Parma Wellness Center LLC (Parma, Cuyahoga County)

-- Cresco Labs of Ohio LLC (Akron, Summit County)

-- Harvest Grows LLC (Hamilton Township, Lawrence County)

-- Harvest Grows LLC (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)


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