Groundbreaking still scheduled despite state licensing controversy
Gibsonburg Mayor Steve Fought, left, and Village Administrator Marc Glotzbecker look over the site where a groundbreaking is set for Dec. 16 to build a medical marijuana cultivating facility.(Photo: File)
GIBSONBURG – Village officials have no plans to halt preparations for a new medical marijuana cultivation plant after Auditor of State Dave Yost’s call to suspend Level 1 licenses awarded by the state on Nov. 30.
Village administrator Marc Glotzbecker said he and Gibsonburg Mayor Steve Fought were aware of Yost’s claim Wednesday that the selection process was tainted, but were still proceeding with plans to work with Standard Wellness LLC on opening the new plant by next September.
The village has a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled at Clearview Industrial Park on Dec. 16.
“We continue to move forward with Standard Wellness to meet the goals we have set,” Glotzbecker said.
Standard Wellness LLC, based in Hudson, Ohio, will operate the Gibsonburg facility and plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot building at Clearview Industrial Park, with half of that space dedicated to cultivation.
Company CEO Erik Vaughan , asked for comment on Thursday, did not directly address Yost’s call to suspend the license procedure.
In an email to The News-Messenger, Vaughan said the company is excited to begin building a world class cultivation facility in Gibsonburg and looks forward to becoming an integral part of a community that has warmly welcomed Standard Wellness.
“Winning a license was no easy task, as we competed against more than 100 other applicants for just 12 licenses,” Vaughan said. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the many members of our team that we were awarded a license. It is our intention to lead this industry, and we look forward to setting the