The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.
However, scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. Continued research may lead to more medications.
Because the marijuana plant contains chemicals that may help treat a range of illnesses and symptoms, many people argue that it should be legal for medical purposes. In fact, a growing number of states have legalized marijuana for medical use.
Luckily, I mean ironically, Ohio is one of those states. Construction began back in December for one of the 1st cultivation facilities in Ohio, located in Eastlake. The facility is over 60,000 square feet and it was previously a community center located on Curtis Blvd. The facility must pass the inspection set for July, then the company (along with 12 other facilities who also received the provisional cultivator’s licence) will be allowed to sell their products to dispensaries.
But this company does not want to stop there. They are also looking to get two higher level licences so they will eventually be able to open their own dispensary and sell their own products. They are looking to employ roughly 50 people once their company is rocking and rolling.
“When you look at it at the medical part of it, that it’s going to help people. I mean, the things that I’ve learned about the kids that have seizures. They put one drop on and they stop within seconds,” said Mayor Dennis Morley. “This is going to help them.”