Monroe will have highest rate of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state – Hamilton Journal News

There are 59 dispensaries operating statewide now, including nine in this region: two in Butler County, one in Warren County, three in Montgomery County, two in Clark County and one in Greene County.

Strawberry Fields opened at 300 N. Main St. in Monroe in the fall of 2019. Jimmy Gould, the owner, said he sold that business last year and it’s called Columbia Care.

Two of the provisional licenses in Monroe were granted to Shangri-La Dispensary Ohio and one to Deaver Ohio. No locations have been announced for Shangri-La, but Deaver will be located at 1312 Ohio 63, according to the Ohio Department of Pharmacy.

The first Ohio licenses for dispensaries were issued in 2018 and 2019, said Justin Sheridan, the board’s director of medical marijuana operations.

Keith Funk and Christina McElfresh, Monroe’s mayor and vice mayor, respectively, said dispensary companies may be attracted to the city due to its available retail space and easy access off Interstate 75.

Funk said it’s important for Monroe to be “business friendly,” regardless of whether those in the city agree or disagree with the type of business.

He’s surprised the state would aware four dispensary licenses in such a small city like Monroe.

“Is that terrible?” he asked. “I don’t

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