Medical marijuana grow site could help Yellow Springs economy

Medical marijuana grow site could help Yellow Springs economy (WKEF/WRGT)

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Miami Valley is getting two medical marijuana grow sites after the state of Ohio awarded a total of 12 licenses.

One site is in Springfield, the other in Yellow Springs.

Fox 45's Kelly May talked with Village officials about the plans and jobs the business will bring.

Council President Karen Wintrow said she has been working with Cresco Labs since May, to fast track their plan for a 24,000 square foot grow facility at the intersection of Dayton Yellow Springs Road and Enon Road.

In the unique village, expectations for the business are high.

"I think Yellow Springs is a good place to have it, it think a lot of people here will welcome it," said resident Deborah Fugatt.

"I think its an industry that fits well in Yellow Springs," Wintrow told Fox 45, "Cresco has expressed their community partnership approach in wanting to support local businesses."

Wintrow said the fast-tracking of zoning, etc. also included a community meeting to be transparent with residents.

The business will start with the grow facility, but according to a statement from Cresco Labs, they have applied for a retail permit, and will apply for a processing license.

"They are looking at potentially being able to add up to three greenhouse facilities, so as the need arises as the business grows they have the opportunity to expand also," Wintrow said.

Cresco said the building will use 85% renewable energy.

Wintrow said she's excited for the tax revenue generated by the business, and for the 25+ jobs they will start off with.

Wintrow said once they are fully staffed the grow operation will employ about 75 people.

"We hope as many of those jobs as possible are filled by local residents, otherwise hopefully some of their employees will be moving to Yellow Springs," Wintrow said.

Cresco labs also has facilities in Illinois, which were toured by village officials.

Wintrow said the facility may break ground before Christmas 2017.

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