BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – The city may ask voters to decide this fall whether to allow the growing, processing and selling of medical marijuana in town.
On Tuesday night, City Council introduced an ordinance that would ban the manufacturing, cultivation, processing and dispensing of medical marijuana here, although residents needing to use the drug under a doctor’s care would be allowed to do so.
The medical-marijuana ordinance, if council approves it for the November ballot, would have to go to voters because it would amend the city’s zoning code. In Brecksville, voters decide all zoning issues. For passage, the ordinance would need 55 percent of the vote.
Last year, the Ohio General Assembly passed a law allowing patients to use medical marijuana if approved by a doctor. House Bill 523 also authorizes municipalities to establish their own marijuana regulations.
For example, local governments can restrict locations where marijuana is cultivated, processed and sold, or they can ban the growing and selling of marijuana altogether. However, municipalities cannot stop patients from using medical marijuana.
In August, Brecksville council placed a six-month moratorium on the growing, processing and selling of marijuana. The idea was to give the city time to study the new state law.
Council extended the moratorium by another six months in January and will probably extend it again in August if council decides to place the medical-marijuana ordinance on the November ballot.
The three other cities along Ohio 82 in Cuyahoga County – Broadview Heights, North Royalton and Strongsville – also have medical-marijuana moratoriums in place. Dozens of other Ohio communities, including Lakewood, Beavercreek, Troy and Piqua, have established moratoriums.
A handful of Ohio communities have already permanently banned marijuana cultivators, processors and dispensaries. In October, Bay Village City Council voted to