Published: Tuesday, 09 May 2017 09:15
By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — City Law Director Rob Broeren said a commercial real estate company recently contacted him about opening up a manufacturing and growing facility for marijuana.
Ohio's medical marijuana law, in effect since September 2016, allows Ohioans with one of 20 qualifying diagnoses to buy and use marijuana if a physician licensed in Ohio approves it. Effective May 6 through Sept. 8, 2018, regulations allow for 12 Level 1 and 12 Level 2 marijuana cultivators in Ohio. Level 1 licenses cover up to 25,000 square feet of growing space; Level 2 covers up to 3,000 square feet.
Applicants for a Level 1 license must pay a $20,000 nonrefundable application fee and a $180,000 license fee. Level 2 applicants must pay a $2,000 nonrefundable application fee and an $18,000 license fee.
Broeren said that the law gives municipalities the right to say yes or no to cultivators, dispensers or both. “If we do nothing, we allow it,” he said, adding that if the city wants to restrict marijuana in any way, council needs to adopt legislation stating those restrictions. He plans to schedule a committee meeting on May 22, prior to council's legislative session, to give residents a chance to voice their thoughts.
Sept. 8 is the next date in the timeline. By then, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy must complete rules for marijuana dispensaries and create a process for registering patients. The Ohio State Medical Board must also have criteria set detailing how physicians can be certified to recommend medical marijuana, and the Ohio Department of Commerce must finalize the rules for marijuana growers and testing labs. The program must be fully operational by Sept. 8, 2018.
The qualifying medical conditions are HIV/AIDS; Alzheimer's disease; Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); cancer; chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE); Crohn's disease; epilepsy or another seizure disorder; fibromyalgia; glaucoma; hepatitis C; inflammatory bowel disease; multiple sclerosis; pain that is chronic and severe, or intractable; Parkinson's disease; post traumatic stress disorder; sickle cell anemia; spinal cord disease or injury; Tourette's syndrome; traumatic brain injury; and ulcerative colitis.
Published: Saturday, 06 May 2017 08:40
By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
MOUNT VERNON - Rain cancelled the planned First Friday activities on the Public Square but there were some well-attended activities indoors.
Music headliner Katty Whomp-us performed their unique blend of Americana, zydeco and pop music inside the C A & C depot. Sarah Goslee Reed performed at the Coleman Gallery.
Katty Whompus performed at the C A & C depot during First Friday - KP Photo
Kenyon College showed off the recently renovated Wright Center, formerly the Buckeye Candy building, with a public open house. The three floor building now houses the college's film department, the college's office for community partnerships and SPI, the non-profit children's science play space.
Kenyon film students shared their experiences and showed off the facilities. Visitors also saw sculptures Kenyon art students created sculptures based on features of Ariel Foundation Park.