Back in April of this year, Fairfield became the second city in Ohio to ban businesses aiming to either sell, grow, or produce medical marijuana products of any kind within its borders. Fairfield city council members came to a unanimous decision on the matter, voting 6-0 to exile the cannabis industry before it even had a chance to flourish.
However, one of the Fairfield city council members who voted to ban marijuana businesses from operating within the city limits isn’t as philosophically opposed as originally perceived.
Chad Oberson, who is serving his first term on city council, applied for a cultivation license on behalf of his privately held company in the town of Monroe a few short months after killing the possibility of others doing the same in Fairfield.
Why would someone vote down such a seemingly beneficial proposition for thousands of potential medical marijuana patients in the state of Ohio, yet want to get so heavily involved in the same industry just a short 20 miles away?
“Economics behind it, you have to produce,” Oberson said of his application to add a multimillion-dollar indoor marijuana grow facility to his existing nursery, asserting that it was purely a “business decision.”
Oberson is one of four businesses to throw their name in the ring for one of 12 Level I licenses that are up for grab. The top-tier medical marijuana cultivation license would allow Oberson to construct up to a 25,000-square-foot grow facility on his farm’s 32-acre property.
Hopefully, the business decision pays off handsomely for Oberson, as the new politician’s days in office may be numbered after constituents detect a whiff of hypocrisy in the air.
Ohio is set to begin allowing the sale of medical marijuana products in September — offerings will be limited to edibles, topicals, and other non-smokable forms of cannabis. Doctors will be able to issue medical marijuana recommendations for 21 different conditions including Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s, epilepsy, chronic pain, PTSD, and more.
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