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Medina blocks medical marijuana endeavors for now

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Medina City Council’s Finance Committee voted Monday to impose a six-month moratorium on building permits or certificates of occupancy for any building or structure that would enable the cultivation, processing or retail sale of medical marijuana.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 523 into law June 8, making Ohio the 25th state to adopt a workable medical marijuana law. It went into effect Sept. 8.

Municipalities are looking for some direction from the state, but thus far, they haven’t gotten any, city Law Director Greg Huber said.

This will give the administration, Council and the Planning Commission time to review applicable Ohio statutes, criminal codes and the city’s zoning codes relative to businesses attempting to open medical marijuana shops in the city.

The Finance Committee narrowly passed the resolution 4-3. The measure will come before Council later.

“This prevents an applicant from putting its foot in the door before we have rules in place,” Huber said. “State regulations need to get settled. That’s uncertain now. (Now) we can figure out what we want to do.”

After six months, the city will revisit the resolution and see how it wants to respond.

“(The moratorium) is a powerful tool,” Huber said.

Council President John Coyne said the state is formulating regulations on the controversial topic.

“They are setting rules on how to get license, who can grow it, how to grow it,” he said. “It can’t be 500 feet of a school. It’s not a free for all.”

In other news

  • The Medina County Solid Waste District and MC-18 Work Group will not vote on eliminating flow control at its meeting Thursday.
    The cities of Wadsworth and Medina are not ready to make a vote. Brunswick already has declared it’s ready to vote on eliminating flow control.
    “We’re probably not going to vote (Thursday),” Medina County Commissioner Adam Friedrick said.
    The next regularly scheduled meeting is Nov. 17.
    Amy Lyon-Galvin, Medina County sanitary engineer, and Beth Biggins-Ramer, Medina County Waste District coordinator, made a presentation to the Finance Committee.
    If the committee votes to eliminate flow control, Lyon-Galvin said, the waste district would rewrite its plan over an 18- to 24-month period. The Central Processing Facility would not close if flow control is eliminated.
  • City Council has been contemplating what to do with the area where the Masonic Temple/Medina Theatre was before it was demolished. For now, the city will plant grass in the area. It will cost about $4,660.
    They also discussed possibly putting in a gravel lot or a more expensive asphalt lot.
    There were eight parking spaces next to the Temple that the city used. If they replaced those eight parking spots, it would cost about $9,975. Ward 4 Councilman Jim Shields wondered what it would cost to refurbish the parking lot across West Liberty Street, next to the Medina Moose Lodge.
    City Engineer Patrick Patton will come up with an estimate of fixing that lot, and possibly connecting it to the lot next to the FirstMerit branch.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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