Six applicants apply to grow medical marijuana in Akron

by Robin Ann Morris on

AKRON, Ohio – Six plans to cultivate medical marijuana in Akron — with project costs ranging from $50,000 to $6 million – have been submitted to the city. One proposed Akron site, 1055 Home Ave., is now owned by the city, said city spokeswoman Ellen Lander-Nischt. The city is negotiating to sell the property to applicant Paul Thomarios, who wants to buy it for cultivation and dispensing.

Another proposed facility, estimated at $6 million, is on Harlem Road near the defunct Rolling Acres Mall.

Earlier this month, Akron City Council unanimously approved legislation regulating the cultivation, processing and sale of medical marijuana in Akron. The city requires residents to have conditional and provisional use permits to grow, but they don’t need to have them in hand when applying to the state.

Through a competitive process, Ohio is granting 24 licenses: 12 licenses for up to 25,000 square feet of growing space, and 12 licenses for up to 3,000 square feet.

Previous coverage: Akron approves medical marijuana law

In Akron, obtaining conditional use is the first step to apply to the state. Applicants filed submitted the application, site plan and map to the city zoning office. With zoning approval, the applicants then must appear at a Planning Commission public hearing at 9 a.m. June 2.

Applicants that didn’t make the May 10 deadline must wait until July to present to the commission, Lander-Nischt said.

With Planning Commission approval, the applicants then apply to Akron for a provisional license and finally an operating license, which is necessary only if they are chosen by the state, Lander-Nischt said. They also appear before Akron City Council for final approval.

Here are the applicants that will appear at the public hearing June 2:

Owner/Option holder: Firestone Self Storage/Galenas LLC

Property address: 1956 S. Main St.

Use: Cultivation

Project cost: $1.1 million

Owner/Option holder: Alexander Buildings LLC/Grow Med Ohio LLC

Property address: 171 Kelly Ave.

Use: Cultivation

Project cost: $200, 000

Owner/Option holder: Michael Collins

Property address: 1025/1023 South Broadway St.

Use: Cultivation

Project cost: $400,000

Owner/Option holder: Paul Thomarios/Equinox Capital LLC

Property address: 1055 Home Ave.

Use: Cultivation, production, dispensing

Project cost: $1 million

Owner/Option holder: Kate Ols/Greenleaf Gardens LLC

Property address: Harlem Road

Use: Cultivation, processing

Project cost: $6 million

Owner/Option holder: Mike Sonderman

Property address: 132 E. Crossier St.

Use: Cultivation

Project cost: $50,000

In Ohio, medical marijuana must be available for licensed patients by September 2018. The law allows certified physicians to recommend patients buy and use marijuana if they have one of 21 medical conditions, including AIDS, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C, sickle cell anemia and traumatic brain injury.

The law prohibits marijuana use through smoking or combustion, or any form that is attractive to children, but approves oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles and patches.


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Written by: Robin Ann Morris

Founder & CEO at MaryJane Agency, LLC

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