Zachary Selvey, Clyde city solicitor.(Photo: Molly Corfman/The News-Messenger)Buy Photo
CLYDE – Clyde City Council has approved legislation to route future requests for marijuana-related businesses through its Board of Zoning Appeals and the council itself.
“Essentially it was discussed, and the city is in the process of passing legislation that would control marijuana through our zoning rules,” said City Solicitor Zachary Selvey.
“The legislation has been acted on. We have been through our second reading,” he said, adding that the ordinance will go into effect in 30 days.
By dealing with marijuana through zoning, the city can control those businesses, Selvey said.
In 2016, the Ohio General Assembly and Gov. John Kasich legalized medical cannabis in the state with the law going into effect on Sept. 8. The program is to be operational in two years and dispensaries are to be overseen by a state commission. A number of Ohio cities, including Fremont and Port Clinton, have approved moratoriums on medical marijuana, putting businesses that wish to dispense the drug on pause.
“The sale or cultivation of marijuana would have to have it approved by the zoning board (BZA) and city council,” Selvey said about the new Clyde law. “Really, it is a preventative venture. We want to make sure it does not grow and expanded.”
The ordinance includes language that said the measure was needed due to the “overwhelming number of drug-related deaths in Clyde in the recent past.”
Also on Tuesday, the council passed a resolution to support a five-year, 0.55-mill county levy that would fund the Sandusky County Drug Task Force. The levy would generate $697,000 annually and fund a full-time assistant prosecutor to work solely on drug cases and add detectives to the task force.
In other legislation, Clyde council authorized taking bids for improvements to the pumping facility