From VHS to THC: Empty Family Video stores are popular sites for future Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries – The Columbus Dispatch

A medical cannabis dispensary may be coming to a vacant Family Video near you.

A dozen Ohio properties once occupied by the Blockbuster rival are candidates for dispensaries that will be selected through a lottery on Thursday. Nearly 1,500 applications were submitted for 73 new licenses under the state’s medical marijuana program.

The 12 Family Video stores attracted 192 applications altogether, including 43 for a location in Dayton. Parent company Highland Ventures Ltd. announced the closure of its remaining video stores last year, but CEO Keith Hoogland said the company Legacy Commercial Property division would continue to operate. 

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Dispensary applicants also sought out empty Family Video storefronts in Coshocton, Springfield, Delphos, Youngstown and Columbus, among other locations. A Zanesville property managed by the same company received 18 applications, although it previously housed a different business.