Strawberry Fields, Columbus’ fifth medical marijuana dispensary, opened Friday in Eastmoor.
The dispensary will serve patients with one of 25 qualifying medical conditions who have received a doctor’s recommendation.
Strawberry Fields, awarded a license under CannAscend of Ohio Columbus, is owned by Jimmy Gould, a Cincinnati businessman who led Ohio’s failed 2015 marijuana legalization measure.
Neighborhood reception to the dispensary has been mixed, said Sharon Parsons, of the East Main Street special improvement district. Parsons said she supports any business as long as they’re good members. The dispensary site at 2950 E. Main St. used to be home to JA Baker Appraisal and Estate Sales.
“It’s a super location,” Gould said. “It’s a great neighborhood.”
The opening comes years after others because the business was initially denied a license in 2018. Although Strawberry Fields’ application scored in the top five, which would have granted it one of Franklin County’s five licenses, a lower-scoring business was awarded the license to meet the state’s quota of allocating 15% of licenses to minority-owned businesses.