Ohio lawmakers have legalized medical marijuana so when can you expect to see it? Jessie Balmert
FAIRFIELD – City leaders here have decided to ban all aspects of the medical marijuana business – from its cultivation, processing, dispensing and testing.
The decision comes less than a month before the state begins accepting applications for marijuana cultivators, as rules and regulations are being drafted by state leaders.
“I don’t think we have to look too far to see why we don’t want this,’’ said Vice Mayor Bill Woeste, during a council-manager briefing. “I’m all for not doing it.”
Lt. Ken Gerold said police are most concerned about any dispensaries that would locate in the city, worrying about burglaries and robberies.
He said allowing parts of the medical marijuana business in the city might also be sending a confusing message to the public.
“We try to dissuade people from (using marijuana),’’ Gerold said of police. “It sends a mixed message.”
Last June Gov. John Kasich signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana, making Ohio the 25th state to approve its use. Dispensary sales will begin in September 2018 to those who have a recommendation from a licensed physician and have a state identification card.
The law allows for several forms of marijuana to be sold, including edibles, oils, patches and vaporizing, but it does not allow the plant to be smoked or grown by the patient.
Marijuana can only be used for 21 medical conditions including cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
City leaders had the option of putting a moratorium on any aspect of the marijuana business or allowing some parts of the business in the