Lyndhurst City Council has voted to extend the city’s moratorium on the medical marijuana business.Jeff Piorkowski/Special to cleveland.com
LYNDHURST, Ohio — Some communities are actively seeking to welcome the medical marijuana industry, while others are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
Lyndhurst can be counted among the latter.
At its meeting of March 6, Lyndhurst City Council voted without opposition to renew its moratorium on the cultivation, processing or retail sale of medical marijuana within its borders. An initial six-month moratorium that was about to expire was extended for another six-month period, until September.
“There are so many unknowns,” said Councilman Lane Schlessel. “It’s like what we did with those (internet cafes). They’re gone now. The state banned them. To me, this falls in line the same way.”
Internet cafes sprang up throughout the area several years ago until the state banned them in the spring of 2013, believing them to be illegal gambling hubs. Before the state banned internet cafes, Lyndhurst placed a moratorium on them opening in the city.
Schlessel said he doesn’t know if he agrees with allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in Lyndhurst, and said he prefers to wait to take action until the state finalizes its laws regarding all facets of the medical marijuana business.
Nearby, the city of Richmond Heights, in January, lifted its moratorium on the medical marijuana business, as the city sees the business as a potential source of needed revenue.
Richmond Heights has been in communications with Ron Hudson, a Mayfield Heights resident whose Mr. McGooz’ Canna Products is seeking to open a facility at the former Villa di Borrally party center, 27227 Chardon Road. Hudson has said that, at the site, his business would cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana.
Officials in Richmond Heights believed it was important to quickly drop its moratorium to show