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The Buckeye Buildout

How Andy Rayburn, co-founder and CEO of Ohio’s Buckeye Relief, and his team developed the state’s top-ranked application and built a state-of-the-art cultivation facility in record time.


Buckeye Relief plants its hopes in budding medical marijuana industry

November 25, 2018

In an unassuming Eastlake warehouse straddled by trees just off state Route 2, horticulturalists and technicians in tie-dye Crocs are working long hours preparing what will be the first medical cannabis to be sold legally in Ohio.


Eastlake Medical Marijuana facility prepares for first harvest

November 20, 2018

Buckeye Relief is gearing up for the company's first harvest of medical marijuana plants. The company which is located in Eastlake, was the first level one medical marijuana cultivating facility to be operational in Ohio, is now anticipating being the first level one medical marijuana facility in the state to harvest.


Ohio medical marijuana owners frustrated by state’s delays, eager to roll

October 21, 2018

Andrew Rayburn, founder of Big Game Capital, a private investment firm, is another Northeast Ohio business owner who has played a role in spending millions, of his own money, to be part of Ohio's marijuana medical program. A member of the business community for more than 35 years, now he's CEO of the Buckeye Relief team.

Buckeye Relief received the highest score in the state's competitive licensing process. Level I licenses were awarded to only 12 of the 109 teams that applied, and Buckeye Relief was the first to plant cannabis crops in late July. The Eastlake company broke ground on a 60,000 square-foot-facility in December, soon after the licenses were awarded in November.


The Sound of Ideas Community Tour: Eastlake - Medical Marijuana

October 9, 2018

The Sound of Ideas Community Tour went on the road again, this time to Eastlake to talk about Ohio’s medical marijuana program. How will access to medical marijuana impact jobs, the economy, law enforcement and most importantly, chronically ill patients? Is there still too little known about the effects of cannabis? Host Mike McIntyre talks to experts and residents about these coming changes in front of a live audience at Eastlake Public Library. 


Grower expects to provide Ohio’s 1st medical pot in December

October 2, 2018

Welcome to Eastlake-based Buckeye Relief LLC, the first large marijuana cultivator granted permission by the state to begin growing pot for Ohio’s fledgling medical marijuana industry. The company expects to harvest Ohio’s first legal marijuana at newly built, multi-million dollar state-of-the-art facility sometime in December.


Like a Good Neighbor, Ohio’s 1st Marijuana Grow is There for Working-Class City

September 21, 2018

Purchased from the city of Eastlake in March 2017, Buckeye Relief is Ohio’s first Level 1 facility,  which means it is licensed to grow up to 25,000 square feet, or about 2,323 square meters, of cannabis plants. Buckeye broke ground on Dec. 1, 2017, and planted its first seeds on July 31, 2018.


Medical marijuana makes progress is northeast Ohio

August 29, 2018

“The progress is great, we had a good first planting and we got an excellent yield,” said Founder and CEO Andrew Rayburn. “Our vegetation room is now two-thirds full and our next planting behind that was done a week ago.”


Buckeye Relief, Eastlake display tremendous teamwork: Editorial

August 4, 2018

A lot has been said and written about the importance of teamwork.

But if you want to see an example of how this principle can produce excellent results, look at what the company Buckeye Relief and the city of Eastlake have accomplished by collaborating over the past two years.


Buckeye Relief is Eastlake is first level one medical marijuana facility to be licensed in Ohio

July 30, 2018

Buckeye Relief has received the final certificate of operation needed to be fully licensed and operational as a medical marijuana cultivating facility


Eastlake facility gets OK to grow medical marijuana

July 30, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Buckeye Relief LLC has the green light to start growing medical marijuana at its Eastlake facility.

The Ohio Department of Commerce awarded a final certificate of operation to the company on Friday after it passed a state inspection. Buckeye Relief is the first large-scale grower to pass inspection and can now begin growing marijuana.


Medical marijuana facility in Eastlake on track for August opening

July 10, 2018

Buckeye Relief’s facility, currently under construction at 33525 Curtis Blvd. in Eastlake is set to become the second licensed medical marijuana producer but the first with a Level 1 license.


Medical marijuana facility in Eastlake prepares to start hiring process

May 6, 2018

Buckeye Relief, the medical marijuana facility under construction in Eastlake, is making progress toward its anticipated late summer opening.


Eastlake’s medical marijuana facility on track for summer opening

March 12, 2018

Construction is progressing on the  Buckeye Relief medical marijuana growing facility in Eastlake.

According to owner Andrew Rayburn, the facility could open by mid- to late summer.


Medical marijuana cultivation license allows Buckeye Relief to proceed with building business in Eastlake

November 30, 2017

As an Ohio native, Andrew “Andy” Rayburn, founder and CEO for Buckeye Relief, has a reason to be excited. His business, a medical marijuana cultivation facility, which he is preparing to build at the former JFK property at 33505 Curtis Blvd. in Eastlake, has just been awarded a license for the cultivation and harvest of medical marijuana. It is one of 12 granted in Ohio.


Eastlake Council amends ordinance to allow future licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries

October 25, 2017

Eastlake City Council has amended the medical marijuana cultivating ordinance to add provisions for the licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. 


Cleveland Heights medical marijuana legislation may be on July agenda\

June 22, 2017

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Legislation allowing for a medical marijuana dispensary in town could be introduced by City Council in July.

A June 9 update from the Economic Development Department indicates that the company Buckeye Relief remains interested in putting one its dispensaries in Cleveland Heights.


 City Council passes medical marijuana ordinance

June 24, 2017

Eastlake City Council has unanimously voted to pass the Medical Marijuana Cultivating and Processing Licensure ordinance.


Eastlake approves medical marijuana greenhouse

March 16, 2017

EASTLAKE, Ohio -- City council has cleared the way for a Chagrin Falls investment company to seek a state license to raise medical marijuana at the site of the old Eastlake JFK Senior Center.