WAVERLY — Last month, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy issued provisional medical marijuana dispensary licenses to 70 prospective operations in the state.
Among the list was Southern Ohio Botanicals, who is now believed to be the first medical marijuana dispensary in Pike County.
In a recent interview with The News Watchman, Bryan Roberts said he and his fellow co-owners- Josh Smith and Arthur Robbins- view their venture as a way to combat an epidemic that has ravaged southern Ohio.
“We just want to have the biggest impact in our local community to help curb the opiate addiction,” he said, the three all local to the county. “We’ve all been touched by opiates in this area, in one facet or another, so that’s why we focused on this area.”
Southern Ohio Botanicals has the sole RFA II (Request for Dispensary Licenses) license in Southeast District No. 2, which comprises of Pike, Pickaway, and Ross counties.
The business is going to set up shop just 2.5 miles north of town on U.S. 23 and will house a 5,400-square foot building. Roberts said they hope to employ 15 to 20 workers at the start.
The picture for its overall economic impact will not be fully known