West Chester Twp. has officially banned medical marijuana businesses from operating in the township, joining the majority of Butler County jurisdictions that have already done so.
Saying people can still use medical marijuana when it becomes available, West Chester trustees officially banned the businesses within their zoning codes last week.
Trustees determined that businesses that want to cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana have no place within the township months ago, and they made it official by approving text amendments that ban the businesses in their zoning codes.
Trustee Board member Mark Welch has said there are too many unknowns about the issue to allow those businesses in West Chester Twp. but people can still use it.
“It is going to be available by state law in September 2018 and anyone who gets a proper prescription for some kind of an illness that this cannabis can help, can certainly take it in West Chester,” said Trustee Board member Mark Welch. “We would encourage people, if they have a disease that would be helped by cannabis, to get that prescription.”
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law in 2016 a bill that legalizes marijuana for medicinal uses, including cancer, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder or chronic pain. It allows multiple forms of medical marijuana to be sold, such as edibles, oils, patches and vaporizing, but smoking the plant is not allowed. Neither are home-grow operations.
Interim Administrator Larry Fronk told the trustees last fall that the staff did an exhaustive study on the impact medical marijuana could have on the community. As far as a revenue generator, Fronk said it would be insignificant. Any cultivating operations would be taxed