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Wellington considers medical marijuana ban

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WELLINGTON — The Village Council on Monday will discuss the possibility of passing a ban on the growing, cultivating and selling of medical marijuana.

Mayor Hans Schneider said any ban passed could be revisited once the state has better defined its program to legalize medical marijuana.

According to the proposed ordinance, Council seeks to pass a prohibition because “Ohio and Lorain County have in recent years experienced serious societal issues arising in connection with the unlawful use of controlled substances.”

The state law legalizing medical marijuana has a provision that allows municipalities the ability to govern medical marijuana growers and sellers locally.

“At the end of the day, we’re talking about being able to control something on our terms in our community, and the state law gives us that opportunity to either enact a moratorium or a ban and this is the route we’re going right now,” Schneider said. “As things are settled at the state, the Council may or may not revisit this.”

If passed, Wellington’s law would be in effect “at least until such time as the specifics of the program have been determined and further evaluation, if any, of the benefits and potential detriments of such a program may be conducted.”

Wellington joins a number of other municipalities in Lorain County such as Sheffield, Avon Lake and Avon that have passed moratoriums or bans. North Ridgeville also is considering a similar measure.

“In talking with our police chief, him and I are on the same page,” Schneider said. “While there are good things with medical marijuana — it’s definitely an asset to some people — it also can create issues, and do you want to bring those issues into your community?”

Village Council will have a second reading of the ordinance at its meeting 7:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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