WAPAKONETA — Even though the state of Ohio may have working dispensaries by September, an Independence-based business still has a few hoops to jump through before it can set up shop as the region’s singular medicinal marijuana dispensary.
The only business to apply for a permit in the regional Dispensary District encompassing Putnam, Allen and Auglaize counties is Eagle Dispensaries, incorporated out of a Cleveland suburb.
The business has applied for 5 of the 57 available Ohio dispensary permits. Eagle Dispensary’s applications list locations in Akron, Sandusky, Upper Sandusky and Clayton as well as Wapakoneta as potential dispensaries. Each application costs $5,000.
Wapakoneta Mayor Tom Stinebaugh said Wapakoneta would not be opposed to a dispensary in town, especially since the issue was already considered favorably when a marijuana cultivator had asked for its city council to lift a prior moratorium on medical marijuana.
“The state legalized it, and council decided that it wouldn’t be a detriment to the community,” he said.
In case the permit moves through, Eagle Dispensaries has been in talks with Merritt Real Estate, which oversees the property at 502 N. Dixie Highway, or the former location of Steinke Family Chiropractic.
The building currently stands empty, and it would require extensive renovations before it could be used as a dispensary.
As of Tuesday, Wapakoneta’s zoning department has not received any more information about the property’s intended use. Stinebaugh guesses Eagle Dispensary may be waiting for official permit approval before moving forward. The business could not be reached for comment.
“It is zoned properly, but we may have to get a change of use. This may fall under mercantile,” he said.
As outlined in the states’ regulatory code, each dispensary requires heavy security measures to prevent misuse, including a secured location where