With the exception of city employees, North Canton residents can still possesses and use medical marijuana but they’ll have to go outside city limits to acquire the substance.
Jessica Holbrook CantonRep.com business writer @JHolbrookREP
NORTH CANTON City Council Monday adopted two pieces of legislation limiting medical marijuana.
Council adopted on emergency an ordinance that bans the growth, processing and sale of medical marijuana.
North Canton residents can still possesses and use medical marijuana when Ohio’s program takes effect later this year, but they’ll have to go outside city limits to acquire the substance.
The exception is city employees. Council also adopted on emergency an ordinance that bans those who work for the city from possessing, using or distributing medical marijuana. The ordinance places a restriction on the substance in the drug testing section of the employee handbook.
Ohio law gives employers the right to prevent employees from using medical marijuana, said Law Director Tim Fox.
Though many states are legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, it’s still federally prohibited, said President of Council Jeff Peters.
The city will have to include the ban in its collective bargaining agreements.
The ban is a sticking point in negotiations between the city and the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association — the union covering the city’s law enforcement officers and dispatchers.
The city is holding collective bargaining with the city’s full-time dispatchers and lead dispatcher. Monday, council voted to reject a fact-finders report that agreed with the union’s position on the matter.
According to the report, the union stated that the proposal which calls for zero-tolerance policy was in conflict with the just cause principle. The union also stated that the use of medical marijuana should be determined by an employee’s physician, not their employers.
Because it rejected the fact-finders report, Council also rejected