Company Breaks Ground on Marijuana Site in Yellow Springs

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YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) – One of the 12 large growers Ohio has picked to participate in its medical marijuana program plans a ceremonial groundbreaking.

The CEO of Chicago-based Cresco Labs is expected to take part Thursday morning along with Yellow Springs officials and medical marijuana advocates at the site of the planned cultivation facility.

Cresco says it plans a 50,000-square-foot greenhouse to grow medical marijuana in western Ohio.

Ohio’s Department of Commerce on Nov. 30 rounded out the list of 24 companies authorized to produce medicinal crops under a new system expected to go live by September.

Ohio is the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana.

Ohio’s medical marijuana law passed last year. It allows people with medical conditions such as cancer and epilepsy to buy and use marijuana if a doctor recommends it.