A settlement paved the way for a medical marijuana dispensary to open in Clintonville.
Harvest of Ohio, a chain of medical marijuana dispensaries, is giving $ 500,000 to the state’s drug tracking system to resolve a dispute over ownership of the chain, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy said March 6.
Last year, the pharmacy board accused Harvest, which also has pharmacies planned for Athens and Beavercreek, of lying about their ownership structure in order to gain an advantage in their application. The pharmacy authority banned Harvest from opening any of their pharmacies until the investigation was completed.
According to a settlement filed in the Franklin County Municipal Court, Harvest can open these pharmacies once they pass the inspections.
Clintonville’s harvest levy is located at 2950 N. High St.
Harvest’s application lists Cleveland-based black businesswoman Ariana Kirkpatrick as a 51% owner. When licensing medical marijuana, state regulators preferred companies that were majority owned by members of economically disadvantaged groups such as racial minorities.
The pharmacy board claimed that multi-tier marijuana operator Harvest Health and Recreation is the real owner of Harvest of Ohio’s pharmacies.
In a statement, the company said it had been working with the state and pharmacy authority to resolve the issues raised over company property.
“While Harvest of Ohio and Harvest Grows had disagreements with the Board and the Department on some issues relating to the interpretation of Ohio law, the companies are pleased to have resolved their differences with both the Board and the Department,” the company said the explanation.
The settlement will see Kirkpatrick remain a majority and executive member of the company, and Harvest will not be allowed to sell any of its pharmacies for at least 18 months. Harvesting is not required to admit wrongdoing.
The $ 500,000 payment goes to the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, which tracks prescription drug and medical marijuana sales.
Kirkpatrick said she was “happy” and “overwhelmed” by the decision.
She referred specific questions about the settlement to a spokesman who later released a statement in which Kirkpatrick said she was looking forward to getting the operations started.
“We can now focus on creating employment opportunities and connecting with the communities in Athens, Beavercreek, Columbus and Ironton,” she said. “I appreciate the support I received from the state of Ohio as we worked together to address concerns about our documentation.
The Harvest property investigation was part of an extensive investigation into the property of medical marijuana companies in Ohio.
Few details of the investigation were released, but the investigation implicated Greenleaf Apothecaries, who operate several pharmacies in Ohio, including one in the Arena District, called Botanist.
Greenleaf was accused of selling its pharmacies to New York-based Acreage Holdings before being eligible to do so. The company returned $ 3 million to Acreage and agreed to pay a $ 300,000 fine to resolve the case.