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Anyone who gets a prescription for medical marijuana is welcome to use it in West Chester Township. But the township does not welcome businesses associated with the producing marijuana.(Photo: File photo)
WEST CHESTER TWP. – Anyone who gets a prescription for medical marijuana is welcome to use it in this township.
But the township does not welcome businesses associated with the producing marijuana.
Trustees recently adopted an amendment to its zoning code that prohibits medical marijuana cultivators, processors and retail dispensaries from locating within township borders.
“This was a very concerning issue for a lot of residents,” Trustee Ann Becker said. “I think we made the right move.”
A 17-page report presented by interim township Administrator Larry Fronk last September indicated there would be very little economic benefit to the township by allowing medical marijuana businesses in the township. He also cited unresolved conflicts between federal and state law on the use of medical marijuana.
The township joins a growing list of communities that don’t want medical marijuana related businesses in their jurisdictions. Among them are: Fairfield, Liberty Township, Sharonville, Blue Ash and Colerain Township.
Moratoriums are in place in Ross and Fairfield townships, and Hamilton has banned dispensaries in the city.
“I talked to a lot of people. It is really a very few people that were for this,’’ Trustee President Lee Wong said.
“It is going to be available by state law in September 2018 and anyone who gets a proper prescription … can certainly take it in West Chester,” Trustee Mark Welch said.
“We would encourage people who have a disease that