By Ellin WalshReporter
Brimfield has established a sixth-month moratorium for medical marijuana entrepreneurs who want to establish businesses in the city.
Trustee Mike Kostensky said he proposed the moratorium based on information he gathered at a recent General Assembly for all townships in Columbus.
“As a board, if we just let it go, then … we’re basically telling people that it’s legal for you to come open up in our town,” Kostensky said. “If we’ve got a moratorium in place, we give the time for our zoning (department) to look into the issue. It gives us time to look into it. We can’t hide from it. We gotta look into what’s going on and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Trustee Sue Fields said she favored enacting a moratorium.
“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done … before you just blankly say ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” she said. “I really want to have all the facts before I say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’”
The moratorium was approved by trustees in a 2-0 vote. Trustee Vince Coia was absent.
By law, retailers, growing operations, labs and other businesses are to be fully operational in Ohio by Sept. 8.
So far, 24 cultivation licenses have been granted by the Ohio Department of Commerce, including one for a Chagrin Falls business that plans to open a facility on Lake Rockwell Road in Ravenna Township.
The state is currently reviewing applications for 60 retail dispensaries. Two dispensaries will be approved for Northeast District 5, which includes Portage, Geauga and Lake counties.
Reporter Ellin Walsh can be reached at 330-541-9419, [email protected] or @EllinWalsh_RPC.