Painesville residents are weighing in on the medical marijuana moratorium discussion.
At the Feb. 6 council meeting, residents expressed differing views on imposing a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana cultivation processing and retail dispensaries.
One Painesville resident Vito Falcone said having a moratorium will create disadvantages for the city.
“As of May of this year the state will open the application process for the cultivation licenses and in September for the retail licenses,” he said. “If you put the moratorium on now, you won’t have anyone looking inside of the city to even consider locations. Business will be going elsewhere.”
Falcone says it would be to the city’s advantage to consider being a part of a growing industry.
“If you do put on the moratorium, there will be other cities and townships around us that will welcome them,” he said. “If we’re going to ban a prescription drug from being sold in Painesville, why don’t we ban the ones that are contributing to our heroin epidemic, not ones that have zero physically addictive qualities? Allow business to come into a city that has been losing business for a while and could greatly use the tax revenue generated.”
City Manager Monica Irelan says the moratorium will allow time for planning.
“I’m actually meeting with people who are in the medical marijuana industry this week,” she said. “There is a company who is interested in a 50,000-square-foot building in Painesville. This company is aware that we are thinking about a moratorium and understands that it is for planning purposes and so it hasn’t stopped the communication with the business and it won’t stop communication with the business.”
Although resident Ray Sternot is not against the use of medical marijuana and is a proponent for adding jobs, he is in favor of