Chardon City Council and the city Planning Commission will hold a special joint session Feb. 21 on the topic of medical marijuana.
The meeting will convene at 6:45 p.m. in Council Chambers for a presentation by John Sikora of Growth Orchard. He and his business partners are based in Willoughby.
Mayor Nancy McArthur scheduled the meeting after being approached by Growth Orchard last month.
“They are interested in cultivating and processing medical marijuana, not being a dispensary,” she said.
The Ohio General Assembly passed legislation last year making medical marijuana legal. The law allows people to use the drug in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions, while barring patients from smoking marijuana or growing it at home.
Rules for producing, prescribing and distributing cannabis to eligible patients are expected to take up to a year to craft, according to a September Associated Press article.
The law provides local jurisdictions the power to ban or limit the number of establishments.
“Council will not be acting on anything tomorrow night,” McArthur said. “However, we will need to take action in the near future.”
Some other area communities already are addressing the potential for medical marijuana establishments.
Mentor City Council in October passed legislation prohibiting cultivation, processing and/or retail dispensing of medical marijuana. The city has received several inquiries about setting up such facilities, officials said.
In Kirtland, City Council passed a six-month moratorium on applications, zoning certificates and occupancy permits for any structure, use or change of use for medical marijuana purposes. Painesville is considering a similar measure.
More than 50 Ohio cities have approved similar moratoriums ranging from six months to two years.
About 100 people turned out Jan. 31 in Eastlake for an informational meeting on bringing a medical marijuana cultivating facility to town.
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