Medical marijuana harvest begins this week at Buckeye Relief in Eastlake

EASTLAKE, Ohio — Tucked behind a school bus farm off Curtis Boulevard in Eastlake, workers at Buckeye Relief are harvesting thousands of marijuana plants this week — one step closer to bringing medicinal marijuana to patients in Ohio by early 2019. 

“They’re bigger than us,” CEO Andy Rayburn said, dwarfed by rows of nearly seven-foot tall marijuana plants. “Incredible.”

The crop of about 1,500 plants was planted on July 31, making them the oldest in the state of Ohio.

“It’s the healthiest, most robust crop I’ve ever seen in a cultivation facility, and a lot of people have said that, coming through,” Rayburn said.

After the plants are harvested, they will be sent off in mid-December for independent tests and approval as part of a state-mandated process, Rayburn said. Buckeye Relief, with its 60,000-square-foot facility, also has an in-house lab for testing their products. 

The marijuana then returns to Buckeye Relief where workers will package

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