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Medical marijuana cultivation companies visit Youngstown

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More than 6 months have passed since Medical marijuana became legal in Ohio, and now advocates are making an effort to bring it here to the valley. 

Five different marijuana cultivation companies want to build a growing facility in the city of Youngstown.

 Each made their own individual pitch to the city on Monday as to where they would build it, how big it would be and how many people they would employ.  

The state will allow for 24 different licenses to grow medical marijuana. 12 for large operations and 12 for smaller ones.

Council asked for the meeting to get more information about what the companies would have to offer.  

Councilman, Mike Ray, said "The state in the law does allow for local control at a level where we could say we would not want this in our community so that's an option different than other industries where the state regulates them completely similar to oil and gas."

All of the investing companies say they can offer one thing the city needs and that is jobs. Some  proposed 50 new jobs while others promised up to 300.

"We feel Youngstown is an under served community. We'd like to be here and bring economic development, make sure we can serve the community and we can build a strong work force," said Sanjay Bawan, Mahoning Valley Agriculture, LLC.

"You have the land, number one. We think it could help the economic base. We think we can help the community based on a number reasons besides jobs, and then the wellness component behind the cannabis industry," said Terrell Dillard, Ohio Grown Medicine, LLC.

The proposals included total investments of up to $15 million dollars in a local facility.  Many of the investing companies have experience growing medical marijuana in other states.  

Brian Kessler, Riviera Creek, said, "We have a facility in Nevada, Connecticut, Minnesota.  I've been an advisor on projects from all over the United States."

Ultimately it will be up to the state to decide who gets a license and where that cultivation site will go to. They Companies have until June 30th to file their applications. 

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