Medical marijuana processing facility gets tentative approval

EAST LIVERPOOL — The company that received state permission to open a medical marijuana dispensary store in East Liverpool has now received tentative approval for a marijuana processing facility in the city’s East End.

The Ohio Department of Commerce announced Friday that FarmaceuticalRX LLC has been awarded a provisional license to open a medical marijuana processing operation at the former Ferro Corp. building on Harvey Avenue. The facility would process marijuana into various medical uses, such as patches, pills and creams.

Mayor Ryan Stovall was pleased with the decision, noting FarmaceuticalRX already received tentative state permission in June to open a medical marijuana dispensary facility at the former Sundance Photography studio on Dresden Avenue.

“My administration has been working hand in hand with the leadership at FarmaceuticalRX to ensure that their needs are met and to assist them in any way through the license process,” Stovall said, in a Facebook post.

“We are very proud to have them located here in the city. The processing center will house research and development as well as processing for their company, and will bring much needed tax revenue into our city. Bringing jobs back to our community has been my focus since day one and will continue until our city has been completely resurrected,” he concluded.

The provisional license issued for the Harvey Avenue processing facility was among 40 that have been awarded by the state, and the next step for FarmaceuticalRX is to receive a certificate of operation.

“To receive a certificate of operation, each provisional licensee will have to comply with all statutory and rule requirements which includes zoning requirements of the locality,” according to the commerce department.

Farmaceutical originally sought a provisional license to open a marijuana cultivation facility at the 110-square-foot Ferro building, but it was not among those applicants awarded a grow license. Company founder and CEO Rebecca Myers said at the time the proposed cultivation operation could generate up to 100 jobs that would pay in the $14 range. She could not be reached for comment for this story.

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