PLEASANT TOWNSHIP, Ohio
An out of state cultivation company is looking to the Grove City area to start growing medical marijuana, but not everyone is on board with the plan. National Holistic Healing consultants met with neighbors in Pleasant Township Tuesday night to talk it over.
Cultivators were approached about the potential grow site at Lambert Road and London Grove Port Road, just west of Grove City.
At a Q&A inside the Pleasant Township Office, members of the community had a passionate discussion about medical marijuana.
"I'm not sure that I like the idea yet. In fact, I probably don't," resident Linn Horn said.
The company National Holistic Healing out of Washington D.C. and Maryland has its eye on a piece of land on Lambert Road.
"It's a multi-billion dollar industry and we are bringing it here for the very first time. What we want to do is make sure the community is comfortable with having this type of facility in their neighborhood," National Holistic Healing consultant Shawnta Hopkins-Greene said.
The company was approached by the property's owner with a plan to potentially start cultivating medical marijuana.
The property was once a greenhouse and nursery owned by a local family. The business had to close several years ago and now the 9-acre property is sitting empty.
National Holistic Healing said it will apply for a level two cultivator license next week, meaning the space to grow medical marijuana would be smaller.
"There are 10 foot high fences with barbed wire, there are motion sensors, concrete fortified buildings, bulletproof glass," Hopkins-Greene said.
Neighbors packed a town hall meeting to ask the experts questions and address some of their concerns.
"My concern was that it could be without proper security It could be a magnet for people who want free and easy cannabis," Horn said.
Some who supported the idea wanted to learn more.
"Fine. It's a pretty rural area so she's not coming into a subdivision. It's not lots of homes around here," Michelle Marshall said.
A second town hall meeting is scheduled for this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant Township Office on Norton Road.
National Holistic Healing says the next step, is looking for a dispensary location in Grove City.
Original Source: http://www.10tv.com/article/pleasant-township-talks-over-potential-medical-marijuana-grow-site