Second medical marijuana dispensary to open in PiquaPosted by On

By Haylee Pence

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PIQUA — Ground is expected to break soon on a local medical marijuana dispensary in Piqua, which will be the second dispensary in the city.

The Piqua City Commission heard a presentation from Ascend Wellness Holdings, the second dispensary company to open, during its meeting on Tuesday, March 7.

The company has operations in Ohio in Cincinnati, Sandusky, and Piqua. In Ohio, there is also a cultivation/processing facility. Ascend Wellness Holdings will be opening a dispensary on Recker Road.

“It’s truly a place patients will be coming to get medicine,” said Ohio Patient Access (OPA) Manager Eric Kmetz. “It’s not a place to hang out.”

According to Kmetz, a drive-thru will also be available similar to other prescription drive-thrus.

The safety and security of the location was discussed during the meeting, as well card access, alarms, cameras and emergency action plans. The company will utilize a third-party security company to establish security procedures.

Ascend Wellness Holdings has a focus on social justice.

“We are aware that we are profiting from something that put a lot in a very disadvantageous situation. We try to do the best that we can to remedy that,” said Matt McKenna, representative of Ascend Wellness Holdings.

To do that, McKenna said Ascend Wellness Holdings will assist nonviolent offenders with cannabis convictions. According to the presentation, they’ve hosted five expungement clinics and hired four…

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