‘The Dome’ in Kent could become medical marijuana dispensary

Kent — “The Dome” on Currie Hall Parkway in Kent may become a medical Marijuana Dispensary if Galenas, a medical Marijuana production company, is awarded a license by the state to open a facility in that location.

Michael Scheeser, president of Galenas which would own Shire Dispensary, said there’s a chance the company may not receive permission to open facility in the lottery process. 

“These awards will probably be announced in the first quarter of 2022,” he said, adding the company is planning to apply for six to 10 dispensaries around the state in hopes of being awarded one.

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At that time, the state of Ohio will license another 73 Dispensary licenses, which would more than double the statewide total of medical Marijuana dispensaries, according to Brady Ciancio, vice president of sales and Galenas’ director of operations.

Scheeser said Galenas has an option to purchase the 166 Currie Hall Parkway property, which it would exercise in the event it wins a license. If that happens, he said Galenas would take on major renovations at the facility.

“We’re obviously using the property first and then putting in an investment of $600,000 in renovations,” he said, adding the facility would initially operate with about 15 employees and could expand to 25 employees in the second year. 

Patricia Kent, who owns residential properties nearby, said she’s not happy about the facility possibly becoming a medical Marijuana Dispensary.

“I have apartments directly across from ‘The Dome,’” she said. “I’m concerned because I rent to families, and I don’t want the Marijuana there. I think it’s going to hinder me renting my apartments, and I think it’s going to decrease the value of my property. I’m against it; I don’t believe in Marijuana, anyway.”

Despite her concerns, the Kent Planning Commission approved conditional zoning for the property and also the site plan 4-0. 

Commission member Nickolas Bellas said he does not believe there would likely be problems at the site if it becomes a medical Marijuana Dispensary.

“I’m not aware of the crime rate in that area,” he said. “We don’t see any news articles or news regarding crime associated with associated with these types of facilities.”

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Scheeser said the business the dispensaries most resemble, in terms of security, are banks. No one is able to purchase medical Marijuana without a prescription and state-issued card, and there are several layers of security within the building itself. 

The building would include physical barriers, security cameras, lighting and traps meant to slow someone down as they leave, explained Scheeser. The traps, he said, would involve two sets of doors in which the first set of doors must close before the second opens.

“Security camera will be on the outside, as well as on the inside which offer the city, as well as Shire, the ability to see what’s happening on the inside and out,” he said. “The state has the ability to monitor that live, so any of the cameras that are in the facility are actually being transmitted to the state and to our facilities.”

He said there also would be a security guard who would be on duty during operating hours, which would likely be from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“There’ll be a vault which will look very much like a bank vault,” he said, explaining it will require biometric entrance and locking systems monitored in the same locations as the video, which include Galenas and the state.

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