Cresco Lab – Level 1 Cultivation center

Cresco Labs broke ground on the first Ohio medical marijuana facility Dec. 14 in Yellow Springs.

The facility will “grow and harvest condition-specific strains of medical marijuana that will be available in dispensaries to physician-certified patients across the state,” according to a press release by Cresco Labs. The medical marijuana company, which includes three facilities in Illinois, was just awarded a level 1 cultivation license two weeks ago from the Ohio Department of Commerce.

Cresco Labs CEO Charles Bachtell said the 50,000 square-foot facility, located on the 900 block of Dayton Street, will be built within the next four months, followed by “a couple months” of cultivation. Products are expected to be available by June 2018.

The facility will bring employment to the community. Bachtell said Cresco Labs has been meeting with village officials to create a workforce development plan and would consider working with local colleges in Yellow Springs to hire as the company has done in Illinois.

“Yellow Springs was founded on the concept of wellness,” Village Council President Karen Wintrow said. “People came to the yellow spring for the healing waters. We’ve always had a vision of wellness here so having a product like Cresco is going to produce here is perfect for us.”

The company has additionally applied for a dispensary license and plans to apply for a processing license. Through which, Cresco Labs will be enabled to produce pharmaceutical-grade oral sprays, sublingual and digestible tablets, trans-dermal patches and other forms of cannabis oil, according to the press release. Doing so will allow the products to give consistent and controlled “dosage consumption methods.”