YOUNGSTOWN — The single medical marijuana grow facility in Trumbull and Mahoning counties will add 5,000 square feet, a build out that doubles capacity at the Youngstown warehouse turned horticultural space.
Riviera Creek LLC also has introduced a new product line under affiliate business Amalfi, which provides single-dose marijuana sticks and vaporizer for vaping, one of the approved methods in Ohio to injest medical marijuana.
The sticks and devices launched last week at the two medical marijuana dispensaries in the Mahoning Valley — gLeaf Medical Cannabis on Youngstown Road SE, Warren, and Leaf Relief on Market Street in Youngstown.
Daniel Kessler, CEO of Riviera Creek, said the expansion allows the company to keep pace with market demand, which has grown consistently since medical marijuana became legal in Ohio. The growth, he said, has matched the companies’ expectations, so the expansion was planned early to accommodate the expected increase in demand.
Riviera Creek was among the initial dozen level one, or large-scale, growers in the state to be licensed by the Ohio Department of Commerce. The Crescent Street company received its certificate to operate in late 2018 and started operating in January 2019.
The license allows Riviera Creek to grow in up to 25,000 square feet of space for now. It’s already written in the law that large scale growers can expand to 75,000 square feet, but only when the state deems appropriate, and that hasn’t happened yet, nor is it know when it might.