ELYRIA — Local businesses have mixed feelings about the 18 medical marijuana dispensary applicants in the Lorain County area.
In less than a month, three of the 18 applicants for medical marijuana dispensaries will be awarded a license somewhere in Lorain County. The dispensary applicants listed possible locations in Elyria, Lorain and Sheffield Lake.
The businesses closest to some of the locations of the applicants have varying reactions to the possibility.
James Endrizzi, owner of Endrizzi’s Martial Arts on 603 Cleveland St., has been tolerant, albeit hesitant, about the possibility of a dispensary in the same building as his dojo.
“As long as they don’t advertise it to children … but if it’s legal, it’s legal,” he said.
The dispensary applicant, AFS Cultivation LLC, applied for a location at 603 Cleveland St., the same building Endrizzi’s business is located.
When the addresses of the applicants first were publicized in November and December, Endrizzi said, he was told by a student’s mother who read the article. Endrizzi said she took her 4-year-old out of his class.
Endrizzi started in martial arts in 1969 and opened his first martial arts store in 1983 on Temple Court. He set up his business on Cleveland Street seven months ago and has 15 to 19 students, ages 5 to 58.
Six applicants, a third of the applicants in the county, have applied to open a dispensary on the 1900 block of Cooper Foster Park Road. The block has multiple shopping centers and a vacant building the applicants are hoping to obtain.
Johanna Mann, owner of Mama Jo Homestyle Pies, said she’s open to the idea of medical marijuana, understanding its value and health benefits. However, she felt concerned of anything beyond that at this