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Small-Scale Pot Growing Sites Include Columbus Facility

This building on North 20th Street was listed as a grow site on the small-scare growing application given provisional approval by the Ohio Dept. of Commerce.
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This building on North 20th Street was listed as a grow site on the small-scale growing application given provisional approval by the Ohio Dept. of Commerce.

Ohio has chosen its first 11 growers for its medical marijuana program, including one that says it plans to open a grow site in Columbus' Milo-Grogan neighborhood.

The small-scale growers announced Friday by the state's Department of Commerce include Fire Rock Ltd., which says it plans to open a growing site in a shuttered business on North 20th Street, just northeast of downtown Columbus.

Fire Rock also got provisional approval from the state for grow sites in Canton and Akron.

Owners need to get the new businesses operational and have a state team pay a visit before any pot starts growing.

Small-scale growers will be limited to 3,000 square feet of growing space, much smaller than the 25,000 square feet large-scale growers can have. Large-scale growers will be announced by the state later this month.

A law approved by Ohio lawmakers last year says the state's medical marijuana program has to be up and running by September 2018.