CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — In a combination of supply-side economics and poetic justice, Coventry Village will finally get its medical marijuana dispensary.
The long-vacant storefront last occupied by American Apparel will soon be home to Buckeye Relief, whose owner, Andrew Rayburn, applied for a local license back in 2017.
“It’s the same location they proposed then,” noted Cleveland Heights Business Development Manager Brian Anderson. “Andy grew up in Shaker, and he always really liked Cleveland Heights — especially Coventry. Although I don’t think he envisioned it taking three years.”
What held things up was an appeal of the Ohio Pharmacy Board’s denial of his application — only five licenses were issued for Cuyahoga County at that time and Buckeye Relief placed sixth by one-tenth of a point.
But Rayburn was confident enough of the outcome to retain site control on the American Apparel space, which will require a substantial buildout under the state’s stringent site requirements.
“The best-case scenario for opening would be the fall, although I wouldn’t be too surprised if it wasn’t until the fourth quarter or even early 2022,” Anderson said.
While waiting for the whole process to shake out, Rayburn and Buckeye Relief stayed busy with the cultivation and processing facility they