Amid the growing number of Butler County communities that have either banned or just temporarily prohibited medical marijuana businesses is at least one that says such a dispensary could be a good thing for the local economy.
With full implementation of the new state law about two years off and rules governing the retail sale, cultivation and processing of marijuana not yet written, most municipalities have elected to proceed with caution.
Some, including Liberty Twp. and Ross Twp., have enacted moratoriums on the businesses until closer to the September 2018 date when the state’s rules are scheduled to be finalized.
Others, such as Hamilton, have outright banned the sale of marijuana.
But Oxford and West Chester Twp. are among Butler County communities that haven’t come out with moratoriums or bans on such businesses.
Having one of the state’s 60 planned medical marijuana dispensaries in Oxford could be a good thing for the city’s business district, City Manager Douglas Elliott Jr. told the Journal-News.
“We’ve not taken an official stand, nor have I recommended one,” Elliott said. “I believe the council’s open to allowing a dispensary in Oxford, in our business district.”
The city is monitoring the situation, he said.
Middletown also created a six-month moratorium last September, but is poised Tuesday to lift it in favor of a ban.
City Manager Doug Adkins has told Middletown City Council that the ban