Ohio Craft Cultivators approached council in October 2017 about expanding the exception to allow a processing facility. However, that request prompted public outcry during a hearing and council never brought the request back for consideration or a vote. The proposed processing building would be on the same site as the proposed cultivation building in the Carlisle Business Park and would also have about 20 employees, according to DiLorenzo.
Had the cultivation facility deal gone through, officials said the proceeds would allow the village to pay off the $300,000 in remaining debt for the business park infrastructure improvements six years early.
In addition to Carlisle, other communities such as Fairfield, Hamilton, Liberty Twp., Franklin, Middletown, Trenton, Ross Twp., Fairfield Twp. and West Chester Twp. all have moratoriums rules blocking marijuana-related businesses.
The city of Monroe does not have a ban and has one company that has been awarded a state license as a small-scale cultivator and another group that has been awarded a state license for a dispensary. Another company was awarded a provisional dispensary license to be located in the village of Seven Mile.
However, after the announcement of a dispensary to be located in Seven Mile, the Village Council enacted an emergency nine-month moratorium on June 16. The village previously had a 60-day moratorium that expired in February.
The new ban will prevent the company, 127 OH LLC from building a secure facility that is estimated to cost nearly $2 million on the south end of the village off of U.S. 127.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law in 2016 a bill that legalizes marijuana for medicinal uses, including cancer, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder or chronic pain. It allows multiple forms of medical marijuana to be sold, such as edibles, oils, patches and vaporizing, but smoking the plant is not allowed. Neither are home-grow operations. The facilities awarded licenses are required by law to be in operation this September.