Findlay mayor asks City Council to ban medical marijuana dispensaries

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik is asking City Council to ban the growing, processing and sale of medical marijuana in the city.
House Bill 523, which legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio, was signed by Gov. John Kasich earlier this summer and goes into effect Thursday. Council members will consider Mihalik’s request at a 7:30 p.m. council meeting Tuesday.
In a letter to council, Mihalik asked for council to suspend its rules so it can hurry passage of legislation prohibiting the cultivation, processing and sale of marijuana in Findlay.
If council passes the ordinance today, Mihalik will sign the ban into law before medical marijuana becomes legal in Ohio.
House Bill 523 allows cities to limit or completely prohibit medical marijuana businesses. Findlay’s law would indefinitely ban medical marijuana operations.
State law already prevents dispensaries from opening within 500 feet of a school, library, church, public playground or park.
The local ordinance would change Findlay’s zoning code, essentially preventing medical marijuana dispensaries from locating on any city land.
Matt Cordonnier, director of the Hancock Regional Planning Commission, also submitted a letter to council calling for the prohibition of medical marijuana businesses through Findlay’s zoning code.

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