A medical marijuana dispensary, potentially the first in the region, could open on Tuesday in a shopping strip near the Walmart in Lebanon.
“We should be the first one to open in the southwest region.” said Mac Amin, manager of the About Wellness Ohio dispensary.
On Tuesday, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy sent out a notice it had “awarded a Dispensary Certificate of Operation” to the new business.
About Wellness is at 1525 Genntown Dr., Suite B5, across the parking lot from the Walmart store off U.S. 42, on the northeast edge of Lebanon.
Last week, staff members were adding finishing touches in anticipation of a ribbon-cutting Thursday and opening to the public next week.
“We’re hopeful for Tuesday,” said Tejal Desai , co-owner of the dispensary with a group also operating one in Connecticut.
“Quality of life, that’s our big thing,” said Desai, a pharmacist. “We spend a lot of time talking to patients.”
Lebanon is the seat of county government in one of Ohio’s most conservative counties.
In 2017, the city council debated for hours, but took no steps to limit medical marijuana businesses in the city, at least partially due to questions about the legality of moratoriums or other actions blocking it in much of the region.
Desai said he had met with city leaders and the local chamber of commerce about opening here.
On Tuesday, there were no responses to requests for comment from the mayor or city manager.
Ryan Tasseff, a resident, businessman and 2017 council candidate who urged the city council not to limit medical marijuana, supported the opening.
“I’m really glad to see it come through,” Tasseff said.
Desai, Amin and other staff expect a line to form along the sidewalk in