MASON, Ohio —
Any idea of medical marijuana in Mason went up in smoke Monday night.
Mason joined the list of Ohio cities banning medical marijuana sales and pot farms in the midst of the state’s legalization.
The decision came late and after hours of heated debate.
Mason City Council members voted 5-2 to adopt a zoning ordinance that would prevent the cultivation and processing of medical marijuana, as well as dispensaries.
A long list of people showed up to the meeting, exchanging sharp words on both sides of the issue.
One woman told council members of her son’s difficult medical journey and how they have exhausted all other options for treatment.
“We will be treating Adam with medical marijuana at some point, it is inevitable,” the woman told council members.
Another woman read a letter sharing concerns about the impact of medical marijuana in other states and communities.
“The introduction of medical marijuana has led to the rise of marijuana use by their youth, higher overall crime for their communities and loss of residential and business property values,” another person said.
Some council members shared their own reservations about moving quickly, saying there was a 180-day moratorium still in place on granting medical marijuana business permits.
The issue ended up coming right to a vote just before 10 p.m.
Many people in the crowd cheered and clapped as they heard the final votes.
Some council members shared frustration with the decision, including the mayor who told people he wanted to vote for those suffering.
Another said the government shouldn’t make all the decisions for the people.
But there were still other council members who said they’ve taken enough time and this vote needed to happen.
The Ohio Legislature passed medical marijuana in May 2016. It