Dispensary for Medicinal Marijuana is Approved by Kent Planners

The Planning Commission of Kent approved the establishment of a medical marijuana dispensary in the city after hearing from the business’s new owners. The new owners stated they intend to rename the dispensary “Bliss Ohio,” and the Planning Commission of Kent approved.

There were perhaps in the neighborhood of a half dozen persons who all indicated an objection to the initiative. Still, they were not given a chance to speak. According to Amanda Edwards, who serves as the panel chairperson, all of the community members were allowed to share their thoughts and concerns with the committee back in January, when the group considered the concept.

One of them was overheard saying, “This is a joke,” as she was leaving the meeting, and it was captured on tape.

In January, the property owner, James Dulick, filed his application for site plan approval and a conditional zoning certificate. During that time, “Slightly Toasted” was being explored for use as a potential brand name for the firm.

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Lightly Toasted is the firm’s name at the moment; it is a vape store handled by Dulick’s son and the friends of his son. Dulick is the founder of the company. Once the dispensary is up and running, he plans to relocate the vape store to a different site, as he has already announced.

Pamela and Duane Siekman of Next Level Operators have said that they own the permission for the dispensary, which, if it is operational, will be known as “Bliss Ohio.” Many of the people with the Siekmans were contractors who worked for them. One of these contractors said there would not be an enclosure for the garbage since the rubbish must be held inside until it is collected, following state rules.

Residents voiced their concerns in January over the property’s location close to Kent State University, St. Patrick Catholic School, and treatment institutions for addiction. According to Tim Sahr, a development engineer, the site does not match the standards for state licensure since it is not within 500 feet of a school, church, library, playground, or park.

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In January, Edwards went through a list of issues locals had voiced their concerns about. These issues included the location of the site of Kent State University, the presence of late-night parties, fences, security, addiction, the effect it had on youth, and an increase in driving under the influence.

According to Tom Clapper, a member of the Planning Commission, the company is the same as any other that sells products like cigarettes, alcohol, or bubble gum.

He said, “It is legal in Ohio, but it is subject to very stringent regulations.”

Gretchen Brown, a neighbor of Edwards’s who lives close by, pointed out that Edwards did not include her worry on the list of community problems she had previously stated. Brown, who lives in the area, said that she is worried about the impact the new dispensary would have on the value of her home.

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