HURON — Let’s weed out the major medical marijuana mistruth running rampant this week in Huron.
• What is inaccurate: On the Facebook page “You know you’re from Huron if…” Stacy Chubak Hinners indicated Huron city council members approved a resolution at Tuesday’s public meeting “to prevent any marijuana dispensary from going into the Burger King site or any other site within 1,000 feet of a school, church or park.”
As of Wednesday night, the post received about 400 comments, sending many people into a frenzied state, causing much confusion and verbal combativeness among users.
• What is accurate: Huron city council members didn’t vote against banning a medical marijuana dispensary in any manner. They did vote, however, for Huron’s planning commission, a board overseeing business and zoning issues, to further examine the pros and cons of locating such a facility near a school.
The No. 1 concern expressed by community members opposing a proposed dispensary inside a former Burger King building at Cleveland and Rye Beach (U.S. 6) roads revolves around its close proximity to Woodlands Elementary School.
Some people fear children could access and become addicted to the marijuana. Others, meanwhile, worry customers purchasing the legalized drug would intimidate or harm minors.
The legislation might become a moot point. The state continues going over applications for communities, including in Huron and Sandusky, seeking to establish a dispensary. Those licenses haven’t been awarded yet but could be in a few weeks.
Acting similar to a pharmacy, dispensaries allow patients suffering from one of about 20 pre-existing health conditions as approved by the state pharmacy board — such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, cancer, Parkinson’s, HIV and more — to purchase medical marijuana in the form of oils, tinctures, vapors, edibles and patches.
People can’t legally smoke marijuana in Ohio.