First medical cannabis processor in Ohio gets green light to operate

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

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A medical cannabis processor in the “Buckeye State” recently received a certificate of operation from the state Commerce Department. Grow Ohio in Muskingum County received its certificate of operation earlier this month.

With this certificate, the company can legally convert cannabis into a vast array of products, including creams, edibles, and tinctures.

Grow Ohio operates from a multi-million dollar facility

A spokesman for Grow Ohio confirmed that the Level-1 cultivator will operate from a $20 million facility on the outskirts of Zanesville. Extending across 60,000 square feet of space, the processor strives to produce plant-based medicine with a patient-based focus for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program.

Thanks to the unique environmental control technology utilized by Grow Ohio, the processor can effectively manage carbon dioxide levels, moisture content, and the temperature inside the vegetative and flowering rooms.

“Ohio’s patients deserve an alternative treatment solution held to pharmaceutical standards,” reads an excerpt from the official Grow Ohio website.

What is the Grow Ohio vision?

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The Grow Ohio team are a business-minded group of professionals who share the same vision: to ensure medical cannabis patients receive an adequate and dependable supply of pharmaceutical-grade pot.

By focusing on quality control, energy-efficiency and water purification, Grow Ohio can cultivate potent, high-yield crops that can be consumed safely by medical cannabis patients. The company follows strict quality control and production control measures throughout the cannabis plant’s entire life cycle.

State-of-the-art HVAC equipment is deployed by the team to maximize plant quality with minimal energy consumption. Plants are fed their essential nutrients using a reverse osmosis water filtration system.

With such a high level of standard being set by Grow Ohio, there’s no wonder why it was the first processor in the state to receive a certificate of operation.

37 medical cannabis processors in Ohio awaiting certificates

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Ohio’s first medical cannabis dispensaries opened in the middle of January. Within the space of just a few months, as many as 5,500 Ohioans purchased medical cannabis in the form of bud; the only available option, for the time-being.

Rising demand means that processors like Grow Ohio must up their game to achieve maximum production with minimal environmental impacts.

A spokeswoman for the Commerce Department, Kerry Francis, confirmed that a total of 37 other medical cannabis processors in Ohio have received provisional licenses.

Those processors are eagerly awaiting their certificate of operation. An additional two processors will be awarded licenses by the state Commerce Department.