Rep. West: Two Stark County Businesses To Receive Medical Marijuana Cultivation Licenses
New industry poised to create jobs, grow local economy
November 03, 2017
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State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today announced two local businesses will receive Ohio Department of Commerce Level II Cultivator Provisional Licenses for their Canton-based operations. Of the 12 licenses granted statewide, two were allotted to Canton locations.

“Today’s announcement puts Canton on the cutting edge of a new industry that will create good-paying jobs and grow our economy,” said Rep. West. “Stark County is already a leader in medicine in Northeast Ohio, and I hope that local leaders will join me in celebrating our opportunity to lead Ohio, and eventually the nation, in this field.”

Both license applications pledge to hire locally and promote job-training programs in the region. The applications also state that every job created in these cultivation centers will pay a living wage with benefits, including healthcare and pensions. The cultivation facilities are expected to hire 25 initial full-time employees and dozens of part-time employees, with both numbers to rise as the facilities expand.

Ohio’s medical marijuana program is scheduled to become fully operational on September 8, 2018.

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