Medical marijuana moratorium set through end of year

Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon Lake City Council has approved the extension of a soon-to-expire moratorium on building permits related to the sale and cultivation of medical marijuana.

The city’s moratorium will now be in effect until the end of the year.

Medical marijuana (and controlled cultivation) is technically legal in Ohio, but the details are far from being sorted out. For now, cities and municipalities are in the dark, so many are putting moratoriums in place until the state provides more detailed information on what’s allowed, where and by what means (licenses, proximity to schools or public areas, etc.)

Some cities, though, are considering how to best attract industries related to the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana products.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy recently announced the number of dispensaries statewide could be 60. The agreed-upon number was previously 40.

Additional details are also being revised in Columbus.

Councilman Dave Kos, who chairs the safety committee, reiterated statements he’s made in the past.
He said that when council passed the original moratorium last September, it did so awaiting answers from state legislators before moving forward.

“In researching this, we have learned that Columbus is not a whole lot farther along than they were six months ago when we passed this,” Kos told council.

“Instead of passing just another six month moratorium, the safety committee thought it would be best to extend the moratorium to Dec. 31, 2017. This is with the understanding that if something were to significantly change we could remove the moratorium.”

Kos added, “This gives us plenty of time to continue to study the issue and wait for more information to come our way.”

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