On Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 Grow Ohio became the first Level 1 medical marijuana cultivator with a provisional processing license to receive a Certificate of Operation from the Ohio Department of Commerce. The company’s 56,000-square-foot facility is located on 10 acres of reclaimed mining property in Zanesville, Ohio, in Muskingum County.
Grow Ohio’s commitment to revitalizing the site presented unexpected challenges during construction, including poor soil structure which required the installation of 127 caissons to support the large steel building. To recover lost time local contractors staffed the site with 60 to 80 workers seven days a week. Their efforts empowered Grow Ohio to be the third Level 1 provisional licensee to convert to an operational license.
Grow Ohio was founded by a group of Ohio businessmen focused on bringing alternative medicinal solutions to the patients of the state. Jeff Sidwell, principal of Grow Ohio, says he got involved with the medical marijuana program because “the conversations in Ohio about opioids sparked my interests and I have been reading about cannabis and its impact on patients with cancer, epilepsy, and PTSD just to name a few. I like challenges but I’m after the end result – to see if cannabis can really make a difference in other people’s lives. From what I’m reading and the feedback I’m hearing from other states this is something that can really make a difference.”