Dayton medical marijuana shop could open soon

A medical marijuana dispensary in the Oregon District called Strawberry Fields is getting closer to opening its doors, the site’s owner said Thursday.

Cincinnati businessman Jimmy Gould is chairman of CannAscend Alternative, a company that received provisional licenses to operate four Strawberry Fields-branded dispensaries. He said the Dayton facility on Wayne Avenue is "nearing the finish line."

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“Likely three more weeks for final inspections,” Gould said in an email to a Dayton Daily News reporter. “Nearing the finish line. Obviously ready soon to serve the patients of Ohio.”

The Strawberry Fields outlets in Southwestern Ohio will be at 333 Wayne Ave. in Dayton and at 300 N. Main St. in Monroe.

Ian James, in charge of corporate development for CannAscend, said state inspections are taking time. “We’re at the mercy of their schedule. The inspectors are bending over backwards to get these inspections done and there are only so many hours in a day they can do the inspections.”

CannAscend has state approval for dispensaries in Logan and Marietta as well.

According to state law, medical marijuana dispensaries can be open only between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. and must be located at least 500 feet from properties with a school, church, public library, public playground or public park.

Once inside a dispensary, visitors will be able to examine products under a glass display case. Ohio dispensaries are allowed to sell medical marijuana as oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles and patches. Patients will be allowed to vape, but not light up.

Montgomery County's first medical marijuana dispensary, Mad River Remedies, officially opened this spring in Riverside, giving many Miami Valley residents legal access to the drug for the first time. The dispensary had been serving patients since late May, but the Memorial Day weekend tornado outbreak delayed the store's official opening until mid-July.

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