Medical marijuana issue to be revisited By STEPHANIE UJHELYI [email protected] Published: June 17, 2017 3:00 AM
If Alliance council decides to repeal the city’s one-year moratorium on medical marijuana facilities, it could clear the way for licensed cannabis as an industry.
In the packet emailed out Friday to councilmembers was an ordinance sponsored by Julie Jakmides and Jim Edwards, R-at large, that would reverse that decision as well as established fees and regulations regarding where cultivation, processing or retail facilities could be located within the city.
This comes nine months after Jakmides cast the lone vote against the moratorium, expressing her concern that it was drastic and premature.
The 16-page Ordinance 34-17 would amend part seven of Alliance’s business regulations’ code in addition to part 11 of the city’s planning and zoning code to “ensure that Alliance residents stricken with one of the specific medical conditions for which the use of medical marijuana has been authorized have access to this legalized medical relief in order to reduce or eliminate pain and suffering,” the legislation reads.
Medical marijuana entities seeking to operating within the city must apply for a provisional license and have it granted to receive the building permit or certificate of occupancy to a license technician named by the mayor, after paying a non-refundable $500 application fee. After that one-year with no problems, then the facility can apply to the city for a two-year local operating license and pay a non-refundable $5,000 application fee and pass inspection by the Alliance Police Department.
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The legislation was patterned after ones passed in Akron and Canton.
“Alliance has to consider every potential revenue option, and the medical marijuana industry could help supplement our hurting revenue stream,” Jakmides continued. “I am extremely grateful to Majority Leader Schuring