ELYRIA — The Clubhouse Dispensary, Elyria’s first licensed medical marijuana dispensary, got the green light — so to speak — from another city commission to eventually do what it estimates will be $2.5 million in annual sales of its products in Lorain County.
Sales of medical marijuana begin today in Ohio. On Monday, four dispensaries in Ohio — CY+ and Ohio Valley Natural Relief in Wintersville, The Forest Sandusky in Sandusky and The Botanist in Canton — told Cincinnati.com, the web version of the Cincinnati Enquirer, they were ready to open.
More bold predictions of the future growth potential of medical marijuana sales were given Tuesday when the Elyria Planning Commission heard from a partner in The Clubhouse Dispensary, which holds one of two dispensary licenses granted in Elyria.
Following a short meeting, the commission unanimously approved the dispensary’s conditional use permit for its property at 709 Sugar Lane.
Within a few years, projected annual sales could “scale up to $5 million to $7 million a year,” investor Robert Hasman told the commission.
There are so far only 4,000 registered medical marijuana patients in Ohio, said Hasman, a Las Vegas resident, the president of Body and Mind Inc. and partner in NMG Ohio LLC.
The number of registered medical marijuana patients is growing by an estimated 1,000 patients per week, he said. So far, Ohio has handed out approximately 60 dispensary licenses, Hasman said.
Mayor Holly Brinda echoed for the commission her comments at Monday night’s meeting of City Council’s Community Development Committee, saying the city welcomes the new business as long as it conforms to state and city regulations.
Having a “viable alternative treatment to some conditions can be very beneficial to some of our residents, given that it is fully compliant with state and city laws and has security and inventory controls in place,” she said.
Business hours for The Clubhouse will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, Hasman said. The 4,500-square-foot dispensary is expected to employ up to 25 people, and already has seven full-time employees on staff, he said.
Walk-ins are welcome and appointments will be accepted, Hasman said. All customers must hold a valid medical marijuana card approved by the state of Ohio and prescribed by a medical professional licensed to do so.
City Council still must have three readings of the legislation approving the conditional use permit and hold a public hearing in the near future to hear residents’ concerns.
Given that medical marijuana is new to the state and city, Brinda didn’t discount that “we’re all going to learn something in the process” as it continues, she said.
“It’s all new,” she added.
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