Brunswick Hills Township trustees on Tuesday joined a growing group of government entities prohibiting permits and licenses to be issued for medical marijuana-related businesses.
Following a public hearing, Brunswick Hills trustees unanimously passed a resolution prohibiting medical marijuana.
Trustee Christina Kusnerak told residents they are seeking more information from the state and the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 523 into law June 8, making Ohio the 25th state to adopt a workable medical marijuana law. It became effective Sept. 8.
Brunswick Hills trustees plan to add a Zoning Commission recommendation to the township’s governing bylaws that says, “medical marijuana cultivators, processors and dispensaries are prohibited from being located in all zoning districts of Brunswick Hills Township.”
She added: “The Zoning Commission felt it was best to prohibit it for now until there is more information from the state.”
The main concern for trustees and residents was how the township would regulate the use and growth of medical marijuana, she said.
“It’s very confusing to those of us sitting here because the federal government still hasn’t approved it for sale even though the state has approved it and is allowing it,” Kusnerak said. “We don’t know how to regulate it and the state gives us no direction on how to do that.”
More than 50 Ohio cities have approved similar moratoriums that vary in length from six months to two years, according to The Associated Press. Cleveland City Council approved legislation Monday that calls for a one-year moratorium.
At the Medina of September, Medina City Council approved a six-month moratorium.
Ohio’s new law makes it legal for doctors to recommend medical marijuana use for patients with various medical conditions. The law also allows cities to limit where medical marijuana businesses can locate and to prohibit them completely.
The new law requires the Ohio’s medical marijuana program to be up and running by September 2018.
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