By Megan Henry
The Columbus Dispatch
Grow Ohio, a Level-1 cultivator with a $20-million facility in Zanesville, was awarded the first ever Processor Certificate of Operation by the Ohio Department of Commerce.
ZANESVILLE — What was once an illegal drug is now being harvested weekly in an environmentally controlled, highly secured facility about an hour east of Columbus.
Cannabis has been growing in Grow Ohio’s $20 million facility in Muskingum County since Sept. 10. The first plants were harvested Jan. 23.
The plants are just the start of what Grow Ohio hopes will be a multi-dimensional cannabis operation. This month, the company became the first in the state to receive a Processor Certificate of Operation from the Ohio Department of Commerce, allowing it to manufacture products from cannabis.
The company plans to produce a cannabis-based line that will include tincture, oil, gummies, capsules and topical creams. Officials hope to roll out the tinctures and oil in early April, the gummies in early-to-mid April, and the lotions and capsules shortly after, said Justin Hunt, executive vice president of Grow Ohio….