The building will be built on approximately 10 acres in the Carlisle Business Park. This particular lot was chosen because it did not abut any residential properties and would be partially obstructed from view on Central Avenue by existing businesses as well as the gravel pit.
This site is the only place in Carlisle that Council has allowed for a cultivation facility. All other properties in Carlisle are excluded by the current moratorium.
The sale of the land to the proposed business is completely dependent upon their ability to obtain one of the twelve Level I cultivators licenses available by the State of Ohio. If they are not awarded one of these limited licenses, then the contract is null and void.
The proposed building will be 25,000 sq ft but could be expanded to 75,000 sq ft after September 2018 with approval by the State of Ohio.
All of the plants will be grown inside a window-less, solid building under grow lamps. The building will have minimal markings so that it will not be apparent to a by-passer what is contained in the facility.
As required by the State of Ohio, the site will have state of the art security systems which include 24/7 video monitoring as well as on-site security during hours of operation. The Carlisle Police Department is aware of the proposed security plans and do not believe that it will place an undue burden on the department or require additional personnel.
The plants will be individually monitored from seed to cultivation for both security and scientific purposes.
The proposed facility will be used to cultivate or grow the product for medical use only. The grown product will be transported to an approved processing facility that will transform the plant into a usable medical form.
The product cannot be sold or distributed to an end user for any reason—only to a processing facility. Although the State of Ohio will eventually allow dispensaries throughout the state, the law indicates that it is illegal for a cultivator or processor of medical marijuana to also be a dispensary.
The end product of medical marijuana is not the same as the end product of recreational marijuana. The components in recreational marijuana that produce the “high” effect are minimized or not used at all in the production of medical marijuana.
The agreed purchase price of the land will pay off a long-existing debt associated with the Carlisle Business Park which will free up money in the budget that could be used for public services such as supporting the Carlisle Police Department.
The facility will initially bring 20-25 new jobs into the Village which will provide an on-going economic benefit through income tax collection and utilization of our sewer and water systems.
The State of Ohio has set very high financial and infrastructure standards for the medical-marijuana business. Should the company succeed at acquiring a cultivation license, the facility will more than likely be the most regulated and secure facility in the area.