Issue 2 passes; next steps to becoming recreational unfolding – WKBN.com

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s going to take nine months to a year before Ohioans can walk into a dispensary and buy marijuana. Despite Issue Two passing on Tuesday, the system still needs to be developed.

The owner of a Youngstown dispensary that currently sells medical marijuana is concerned the system could eventually be dominated by big, multi-state operations.

“I’m excited that we have adult use,” said Terrell Washington, owner of Leaf Relief, the medical marijuana dispensary on Market Street.

He’s pleased about having recreational marijuana, but he’s concerned about what he called “multi-state operators worth hundreds of millions of dollars.”

“I’m not thrilled that the growers get three free dispensaries, so basically, they got a $30 million handout and now control the dispensary market,” said Washington.

Washington says the going rate for dispensary licenses in other states is now about $10 million apiece.

One of those growers is Riviera Creek, located just north of downtown Youngstown, which will get three dispensary licenses. CEO Daniel Kessler says when all is done, there should be around 230 dispensaries, what he called a conservative number to service Ohio.

“As the program rolls out and the rules are finalized, we’ll see

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