YELLOW SPRINGS — Cresco Labs — a medical marijuana facility in the Village of Yellow Springs — was showcased to guests Oct. 8 after hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The 25,000 square-foot facility houses packing and drying rooms, a hybrid greenhouse, and a climate-controlled vegetation room.
Cresco Labs will offer up to 30 strains of medical marijuana that will be sold at dispensaries across Ohio. The products will be considered pharmaceutical-grade and will be able to be measured and dosed correctly, such as pills, topical creams, trans-dermal patches, sprays, edibles, and vape/pen cartridges.
“It’s a big day for Cresco Labs and Yellow Springs — and an even bigger day for patients of Ohio,” Cresco Labs CEO Charlie Bachtell. “Ten months ago, we broke ground. It was a tough winter, but we are pleased to be operational so that we can provide relief to patients as soon as possible.”
Products are expected to be available by January 2019 to physician-certified patients diagnosed with any of the 22-approved medical conditions.
According to medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov, physicians may recommend medical marijuana to treat the following ailments: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.
Cresco Labs will also launch awareness and educational programs within the next 30 days. According to Bachtell, medical marijuana has a 92 percent approval rating across the United States, which he said is very different compared to five years ago.
“We look forward to bringing awareness about this program and to helping eliminate the age-old stigma associated with marijuana — we just want it to be called medicine,” Bachtell said in a press release.
Cresco Labs in Yellow Springs currently includes approximately 70 jobs. However, as the facility grows and becomes fully operational — as the State of Ohio allows — it will offer up to 200-250 employment opportunities. Bachtell said 95 percent of current Cresco Lab employees are from the immediate surrounding area.
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.