SIDNEY — Medical marijuana continues to be a topic of consideration for Sidney City Council.
Law Director Jeffrey Amick sought direction from council after highlighting some of the main points of the medical marijuana program at Monday evening’s meeting.
Amick said Ohio’s program permits “the cultivation, processing, dispensing, possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes” only. He said dispensaries are prohibited within 500 feet of a school, church, public playground, public park or public library.
Amick reminded council the law took effect in September of 2017, but said it won’t be fully operational until Sept. 8, 2018. However, the 270 day moratorium instituted by the city will expire on June 5, 2017, so he presented council with alternative actions they may take, and they are:
• Take no further action and let the current 270 day moratorium expire. Amick said even though the program will not be fully operational until Sept. 8, 2018, if the city does nothing, someone could be given a licence by the state that may be difficult to break;
• Enact legislation to permanently ban dispensing within Sidney;
• Extend the moratorium for an additional period;
• Enact legislation to fix the number and locations of allowable dispensaries in the city.
Amick said dispensary licences will be awarded on a fairly competitive basis on a two year renewable term. He said until Sept. 8, 2018, only 40 sites will be approved statewide.
He informed council the only thing the city cannot limit is for a local doctor to write a medical marijuana prescription that a patient may go elsewhere to get filled. Amick said currently most communities are proceeding under the “wait and see” method. Cities that are the exception to this are Evandale, which instituted a permanent ban, and Troy, which proposed to limit