UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — City Council may open the door to having a medical marijuana dispensary someday operating in University Heights.
Council’s Government Affairs Committee met Wednesday evening to discuss proposed legislation that would allow for a dispensary to operate in the only location in University Heights where the state would permit it to do business.
The legislation, sponsored by Councilwoman Michele Weiss, is largely based on legislation passed Oct. 2 in Lakewood. Like the state of Ohio, the legislation would prohibit a dispensary from doing business within 500 feet of any school, church, library, playground or park.
At under two square miles, the only location where a dispensary could operate in University Heights would be on the portion of the University Square property closest to the Cedar-Warrensville Center roads intersection.
University Heights would be throwing its hat into the dispensary ring a bit late. There are now no known medical marijuana dispensary operations planning to open in the city.
The state reportedly received 370 applications by its Nov. 17 deadline for the 60 dispensaries that will be licensed in Ohio. Of those 60, only five can be opened in the district that is made up of Cuyahoga County.
Each of the applicants paid the state an application fee of $5,000, which amounted to more than $1.8 million in revenue for Ohio. The biennial certificate of operation fee for the 60 operators selected will be $70,000.
“Council has agreed that it’s a good idea,” Weiss said of proceeding with the dispensary legislation. “We think it’s a good business move.”
As for the late start, she said, “We know it’s not going to happen right now, but for the future it will be a good investment for us to make.”
Weiss said that since she first began talking about the idea a