Bellefontaine prime target for dispensaries


Companies are lining up to land one of 60 medical marijuana dispensaries in Ohio and several are interested in Bellefontaine locations, the city’s Rules Committee learned Thursday.

City Law Director Josh Stolly told Chairwoman Diane Hager and Councilman Mick Lile he has been approached by several companies about the city’s laws.

“Our business district language is pretty broad,” he said. “It appears a dispensary would comply with our zoning if we do nothing.”

That is one of three options for the city, Hager noted, while the city could place a moratorium or ban on dispensaries or restrict the operations even more than state law.

Medicinal marijuana is legal in Ohio and state lawmakers have placed restrictions on the use, growth and location of dispensaries.

The application deadline for dispensaries is Nov. 17, said Parker Lawrence, president of Cannabis Expertise.

“Somewhere between 800 to 1,200 applications are expected to be filed,” he said. “It will cost $5,000 to apply, so Ohio’s going to make a lot of money on this.”

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