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Grandview Heights City Council member Steve Reynolds has drafted legislation that would open up a sliver of the city to potential medical-marijuana dispensaries.
However, the state’s deadlines could mean the discussion is moot, at least for the time being.
Reynolds said he drafted the pair of ordinances to allow council to “hit the ground running” on its discussion of the issue in the new year.
Council will have one new member in 2018: Melanie Houston, who won election in November. Councilman Steve Papineau did not run for re-election.
Reynolds presented his proposed legislation at council’s Dec. 4 meeting and said he plans to formally introduce the ordinances at the first meeting of 2018, scheduled for Jan. 2.
On Dec. 4, council unanimously voted to extend the city’s moratorium on retail dispensaries for an additional month. The moratorium was set to expire Dec. 5.
Last month, council approved a ban on medical-marijuana cultivation and processing operations in the city, but did not reach consensus on whether dispensaries also should be prohibited.
Reynolds said his first proposed ordinance would be “very similar” to the original measure council adopted to ban cultivation and processing operations.
It would prohibit retail dispensaries as an allowable activity in certain permitted uses in zoning districts in the city.
The second ordinance would “carve out” a small portion of Grandview zoned M-1 light industrial as a potential area where dispensaries could be allowed.
“Essentially, we’d be talking about a small area that’s south of Goodale and more or less east of Oxley Road,” Reynolds said.
The area would meet the restrictions set by Ohio Revised Code that require medical-marijuana dispensaries to be at least 500 feet from a school, park or playground, he said.
If council chose to adopt only the first ordinance, it