ResponsibleOhio Founders Want to Start a Medical Marijuana Facility

ResponsibleOhio Founders Want to Start a Medical Marijuana Facility

The founders of ResponsibleOhio, the group that sought to legalize recreational marijuana through a 2015 ballot measure, want to start growing and processing medical marijuana, according to a March 8, 2017, article at

Jimmy Gould and Ian James are seeking one of 12 licenses available under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. Their company, CannAscend Ohio, has a third partner in former UNICEF ambassador Bill Brisben, a Cincinnati developer.

In a press release, Gould said, “This has been a long journey, but a satisfying one because we’ve always kept our eye on legalizing medical cannabis for chronically-ill Ohioans—our returning veterans suffering from PTSD, children with epilepsy, those suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s and the many others suffering from debilitating illnesses.”

CannAscend Ohio is planning a 25,000-square-foot facility in Wilmington, Ohio, between Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio.

Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth was optimistic in a statement. “The resulting jobs and potential for greater research opportunities offers important prospects for partnerships with area colleges that have a focus on agriculture science, chemistry and biology,” Stanforth said.

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