Over 180 companies submitted applications to become medical marijuana cultivators in Ohio, and their names are just as punny as you’d expect. Kim Armstrong
Communities in Ohio are making decisions about whether they want medical marijuana-based businesses to locate there.(Photo: File)
It’s a tale of two cities, revisited.
Forest Park and Sharonville have each considered for months whether to allow businesses connected to medical marijuana in their cities.
There were similarities. Both cities put a moratorium on allowing development or zoning for medical marijuana businesses in place while officials studied the issue. Both held public hearings where there was no real public debate about what the city should do.
But after the studies were completed, they came to very different conclusions.
Sharonville said no thanks.
Forest Park said come on in.
Chris Anderson, Forest Park’s community development director, gave his City Council members an overview of the city’s planning commission’s recommendation that covered all the basics. Growers, processors, testing laboratories and dispensaries or distributors were discussed.
Anderson shared a map that showed where in the Forest Park commercial zones those businesses would be prohibited by state law. Locating medical marijuana facilities within 500 feet of churches, public libraries or public playgrounds, public parks or schools isn’t allowed.
The map showed there was a lot of Forest Park that wouldn’t be able to house a medical marijuana business due to proximity to restricted facilities.The map also identified some areas where those businesses could possibly locate depending on council’s decision.
The recommendation suggested that cultivators, processors, and testing laboratories be considered as special exceptions in the city’s manufacturing and industrial areas.
Anderson said there will be a limited number of growers, processing facilities and testing laboratories statewide, and the Cincinnati metro area