Neighborhood Impact

Will a medical cannabis business increase crime in the neighborhood?


Most available studies[1] on crime rates and regulated cannabis businesses, including cultivation sites and dispensaries, suggest either that there is no significant effect on, or a slight reduction in the risk of crime in the immediate area, while having the notable effect of reducing the illegal sale of cannabis.

The intense security required at cannabis businesses, including continuous monitoring by camera and security personnel, tends to discourage theft. 

In many cases, by bringing new business and economic activity to retail spaces, medical cannabis businesses contribute to a reduction in crime.

Buckeye Relief will work with local law enforcement to deter and prevent crime in the area and benefit the community by implementing the strictest precautions related to the safety and security of the business, its patients and the community at large.

What will be the impact of a medical cannabis business on property values in the area?

Research[2] into the effect of licensed cannabis businesses on real estate value in the vicinity has suggested that such businesses tend to increase the value of nearby real estate. Data from Colorado and several other states shows that licensed cannabis businesses are correlated with larger increases in real estate valuation than would be expected according to national trendlines. Once operational, medical cannabis businesses tend to benefit the communities in which they are located through economic development, philanthropic giving, and provision of community services, as Buckeye Relief intends to do as an actively engaged and responsible neighbor.

How many jobs will a medical cannabis business generate?

Reports from established medical and adult-use cannabis states indicate that cannabis businesses positively impact the surrounding community by creating new, high quality jobs.  It is estimated[3] that the legal cannabis industry employs 165,000-230,000 people nationwide, and that number is expected to double[4] in the next five years.

Buckeye Relief intends to be no exception to this trend.  We estimate creating 20-30 temporary jobs during the start-up process, largely in construction.  We further estimate that, between cultivation and extraction operations, we will create about 30- 50 permanent jobs in the Eastlake community, as well as establish multiple dispensaries employing 8-12 people at each location.

Will the location of a medical cannabis business in the community lead to an increase in the underage use of cannabis?

The available data[5] from states with medical cannabis programs suggests that laws which regulate cannabis businesses tend to decrease use by teens and minors.  A regulated cannabis industry moves the purchase of cannabis off the streets and away from disreputable dealers who will sell to minors. 

What will be the impact of a medical cannabis business in terms of odor and visibility of operations?

Odor is one of the more common concerns expressed by community members living near a cultivation facility.  Buckeye Relief will take every available step to combat any odor from our cultivation site by employing the use of cutting-edge odor control systems which have been proven effective in cultivating, processing and dispensing environments. We will ensure that our neighbors are protected from any aroma they might find unpleasant. 

Buckeye Relief also plans to develop a perimeter of trees around our premises to help block the cultivation facility from the view of its neighbors in addition to generally beautifying the area in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Will the medical cannabis business be a fire hazard?

No -- It is true that, if managed poorly, certain types of medical cannabis cultivation and extraction can pose a risk of fire.  However, Buckeye Relief has a considerable amount of expertise at its disposal and is in the process of developing comprehensive fire safety plans for all locations.  We are working closely with the Eastlake Fire Department to ensure that no undue risks are taken and that appropriate fire prevention measures are implemented.  We are also eagerly awaiting the publication of medical cannabis business-specific fire code provisions by the National Fire Protection Association and intend to be 100% in compliance.

As a resident, what if I have a complaint or issue with the facility?

Buckeye Relief has a dedicated community relations liaison that will resolve any complaints, concerns or issues in a timely manner that satisfies all impacted parties. We will have a variety of channels of communication to receive feedback, including social media, email, and our website. We intend to continue to listen, share knowledge, and create an understanding of our services and objectives while being an actively engaged community partner.

[1] Shepard, Edward M. and Paul R. Blackley. (January 13, 2016). Medical Marijuana and Crime: Further Evidence from the Western States. Retrieved from

[2] Pan, Yuqing and Clare Trapasso. (November 7, 2013). Will Legal Marijuana Give Home Prices a New High? Retrieved from

[3] McVey, Eli. (June 26, 2017). Chart: Marijuana industry currently employs 165,000-plus workers. Retrieved from

[4] Borchardt, Debra. (February 22, 2017). Marijuana Industry Projected to Create More Jobs than Manufacturing by 2020. Retrieved from

[5] Rahn, Bailey. (October 18, 2015) Here’s Why Cannabis Legalization Doesn’t Lead to Higher Teen Use Rates. Retrieved from