When Andrew Rayburn was putting Buckeye Relief and its team members together in 2016, he was "very quiet" about it.
Now, as the Ohio-owned and Ohio-operated marijuana cultivator and processor—with a location in Eastlake—reaches its 44th harvest and on the verge of gaining 100 employees, Rayburn says he is an amazed and proud CEO.
"I wasn't even telling my friends what I was doing," Rayburn recalled. "Scott Halloran, our chief operating officer and who has some ownership, said to me, 'Look, what are you doing? Tell me what you're doing.' I told him and he said, 'You know I'm going to have to be a part of this.' We were really quiet about it because the level of acceptance was substantially lower than what it is now."
During the time of Buckeye Relief's beginnings, cannabis was a delicate subject, Rayburn said. Fast forward to this year, he says the majority of people in Ohio have realized that medical cannabis is a real, natural medicine that has value for roughly 250,000 people in the state.
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