Marijuana Operations’ Next Target: North Toledo

DispensaryDeWine, a Republican, has called the proposal a stupid idea, but he cannot block the proposed amendment simply because he doesn’t like it. ResponsibleOhio has released a partial list of investors to date but has not identified which investment group will be attached to the North Toledo site. Chris Stock, a Cincinnati lawyer who helped write the proposed amendment, said the group started with a geographic spread for the locations and then left it to the investors to come back with specific sites fitting the restrictions. Enlarge From a public policy perspective, a lot of work went into this, he said.

Decisions were made on how to put drug dealers out of business, provide a product that is safe for public consumption, and work to realize a responsible way to regulate a nascent marijuana industry. ResponsibleOhio faces an early July deadline to qualify for the Nov. 3 general election ballot. The language would authorize growing locations, essentially indoor facilities using artificial growing conditions.

Licensing would be handled by an Ohio Marijuana Control Commission, which eventually would have power to transfer the licenses and create new ones if needed to respond to demand. The site in Toledo at Hagman Road, north of Alexis, is owned by James and Bettie Bournes of Temperance, Mich., with Mrs. Bournes as trustee, according to the Lucas County auditors website.

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