Ontario seeks input on marijuana growing proposal

Ontario officials will seek public comment on a proposal by Los Angeles-based MedMen to build and operate a 35,000- to 40,000-square-foot medical marijuana growing operation somewhere in Richland County — possibly on two undisclosed industrially zoned parcels within Ontario city limits.

Mayor Randy Hutchinson was non-commital about a conference call held recently with Barrett Thomas, director of economic development for the Richland Community Development Group; a MedMen company representative; and Shelby Mayor Steve Schag, in which the company described its plans to apply for a state license to open a marijuana growing operation. The marijuana would be for medical use.

MedMen is expanding its operations outside of California, with plans to open operations in Reno and elsewhere around the U.S., Hutchinson said.

While some of its facilities function both as growing sites and dispensaries, the one in Richland County was described as a secured warehouse strictly for growing, with no sales on site, he said. "If this...

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