Before going any further: Let's stress the headline and reiterate that that no dispensary licenses have yet been awarded in Ohio. Through a public records request with the city of Cleveland, though, we've obtained all the addresses that are attached to applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses. Some will win those licenses, and most will not.
The state has 57 licenses to distribute across Ohio
. Statewide, 370 businesses applied for those licenses. It's expected that the northeast part of the state, including Cuyahoga County, will receive 18 licenses before the medical marijuana law is officially active in September 2018.
Below, you'll find the addresses attached to applications filed from within the city of Cleveland. All told, 25 businesses filed zoning forms in Cleveland alongside their state license applications; most of them went on to to file state paperwork. (The forms represent a formality in the process, confirming only that the address is not located in a zoned area that prohibits marijuana businesses from setting up shop.)
4020 Payne Ave., Treat and Kure Dispensary
4002 Jennings Road, EC ALT PHARM Inc.
3865 Lakeside Ave., Greenleaf Apothecaries
3644 Steelyard Dr., Harvest of Ohio LLC
3540 West 140th St., The Releaf Center
300 Prospect Ave., GTI Ohio LLC
2775 S. Moreland Blvd., GTI Ohio LLC
2420 Hamilton Ave., The Harvest Foundation of Ohio
2418-22 Brookpark Rd. (x2), Ohio Wellness LLC
2338 Canal Rd., Debbie's Dispensary Ohio LLC
2302 Hamilton Ave., Black Diamond Investment LLC
2221 Hamilton Ave., Black Diamond Investment LLC
2020 St. Clair Ave., Glasshouse Farma*
2020 Lakeside Ave., Hanging Gardens OH LLC
1968 W. 3rd St., Glasshouse Retail LLC
1657 St. Clair Ave., Black Diamond Investment LLC
1647 St. Clair Ave., Black Diamond Investment LLC
1500 Brookpark Rd., The Harvest Foundation of Ohio
1267 West 9th St., The Forest Cleveland LLC
1222 Prospect Ave., GTI Ohio LLC
See an interactive map of these addresses here
Notes: For Glasshouse Farma, we're unable to confirm whether that business went on to apply in full for a state license. For Black Diamond Investment LLC, only two Northeast Ohio addresses were ultimately packaged in applications with the state; we're unable to confirm for this story which addresses were used in final applications.
Each applicant paid a nonrefundable $5,000 fee for a shot at a dispensary license. GTI Ohio Inc., a company that lists local investor and businessman Bobby George as a contact, applied for licenses at 12 locations across the state, including three in Cleveland. Glasshouse Retail, which lists Saucy Brew Works partner and REspring co-founder Brent Zimmerman as a contact, applied for four licenses.
Recently, Cleveland City Council approved
planning and zoning regulations that line up closely with how the state has regulated where a medical marijuana business could be located: namely, nowhere within 500 feet of schools, parks, churches and libraries.
There is no firm date set for when dispensary licenses will be approved and awarded.
Cultivation licenses have already been awarded; there will be no marijuana grow sites in the city of Cleveland for now. Eastlake and Parma will each house a cultivation business
(Dec. 14 update: The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy will allow dispensary applicants to edit their forms from 8 a.m. Dec. 18 to 8 a.m. Dec. 20 due to technical problems with the state's online application process.)