Lakewood City Council OKs moratorium on medical marijuana businesses before August recess

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – City Council, in one of its final actions before adjourning for an August recess, passed a moratorium of as long as six months on the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana in the city.

Law Director Kevin Butler recommended the moratorium since the state legislature and Gov. John Kasich recently approved medical marijuana legislationthat permits patients in Ohio beginning Sept. 8 to use physician-recommended medical marijuana. The law regulates the cultivation, processing, and sale of medical marijuana. Among other things, it prohibits those operations within 500 feet of a school, church, library, playground or park.

The state law also allows municipalities to establish their own regulations to prohibit or limit the number of marijuana operations.

The city administration and council want time to consider whether Lakewood should impose any additional restrictions on locations of medical marijuana operations before the state law takes effect.

“The proposal I’ve made is in an abundance of caution,” Butler told council Monday. “It gives City Council the ability to review the potential impact of the new medical marijuana law and determine whether or not we want to pass local regulation on that particular use.”

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