Nearly a year and a half after settling accusations about its ownership, Harvest of Ohio is ready to open.
The company plans to hold a soft opening for its Clintonville dispensary at 2950 N. High St. on Aug. 16, majority owner Ariane Kirkpatrick said Monday, followed by a grand opening on Aug. 23.
Harvest is also opening dispensaries in Beavercreek and Athens, and owns a cultivation site in Ironton that started growing marijuana crops in June. The company plans to open a processing facility and start selling its own products by November.
“I keep smiling, and I keep pinching myself,” Kirkpatrick said in an interview.
Kirkpatrick, who is Black, is listed as a 51% owner of Harvest, but in 2019, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy accused the company of misrepresenting its ownership structure to gain an advantage in the application process. At the time, a certain number of licenses were set aside for members of economically disadvantaged groups. Courts have since struck down that provision.
The results of the pharmacy board’s investigation remain out of view. Harvest successfully blocked the board from releasing documents related to the inquiry when the Cincinnati Enquirer requested them last year. The board did eventually issue a summary that said CEO duties were assigned to Steve White, who owns the Arizona-based Harvest Health and Recreation.
White is not a member of a disadvantaged group.
Kirkpatrick called the accusations a misunderstanding, and the company agreed to donate $500,000 to the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System and rearrange its management structure. Kirkpatrick holds the title of CEO.