EAST LIVERPOOL– A dream became a reality Thursday for Rebecca Myers, chief executive officer of FRXHealth, with the opening of the company’s medical marijuana dispensary at 1865 Dresden Ave.
Addressing a crowd of city officials and others at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new enterprise, Myers said it was “a really exciting day,” saying she first had a dream seven years ago to start a company that studied the therapeutic properties of marijuana, saying, “Today, that dream is being realized.”
In addition to bringing the science, health care and innovation of the medical marijuana industry to the community, and partnering with a number of prestigious universities and hospitals, Myers said the company is bringing economic development to the community.
Local contractors and architects were hired to renovate and add onto an existing building to design the 3,000-square-foot dispensary, and Myers said the pharmacy employees who lost jobs when the local Kmart recently closed have found jobs with the new dispensary.
In addition, the company is in the bidding phase for renovating the former Ferro Corp. building on Harvey Avenue into a 110.000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation and processing facility.
Myers thanked city officials for their efforts in making the project a reality, saying when FRX began looking for a site in Ohio, Mayor Ryan Stovall and Safety-Service Director Brian Allen reached out.
“East Liverpool found us. We received a call from Ryan and Brian. The support from this community has been overwhelming. From the bottom of my heart, I express my gratitude,” Myers said during the ceremony Thursday morning.
She said FRX is “so excited to serve East Liverpool and the surrounding area in Ohio,” adding, “We’re going to serve a lot of patients from this site.”
Stovall said the city is “happy to be part of it,” and said