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Lorain council passes yearlong marijuana moratorium

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LORAIN — City Council passed an ordinance Monday night that would place a 12-month moratorium on opening any medical marijuana-related businesses so the city can have time to review state rules regarding the matter as well as consider policies of its own.

“Watching what’s going on in other communities and in talking with the Police Department, we wanted to put a moratorium on it just to make sure the state’s rules are understood and that we have time to meet with the Police Department to make sure these are handled properly,” Safety-Service Director Dan Given said.

The Ohio General Assembly approved the use of medical marijuana at the beginning of September. Since then, several communities have implemented similar moratoriums, including Avon, Avon Lake North Ridgeville and Sheffield. Wellington is considering a ban as well.

Ritenauer said if the rules are decided upon within the yearlong moratorium it can be lifted.

“The other thing to consider is zoning so when the state comes out with its rules I think we want to have a zoning plan in place of where it can go, where it can’t go, not near schools, that kind of thing,” he said.

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or knix@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @KatieHNix.



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