LIBERTY TWP. —
Liberty Twp. officials plan to ban or place a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses while various state agencies work on rules for the new law that allows the drug.
After a failed attempt at legalizing marijuana both for recreational and medical use, the state legislature and Gov. John Kasich signed into law a measure that will allow it only for medicinal purposes.
State Sen. Bill Coley, R-West Chester Twp., met with trustees Tuesday in a work session to discuss the new legislation. He encouraged them to place a moratorium on the medical drug while they figure out how they want to tackle the issue.
“We are very concerned about what the township wants to do, to make sure the zoning people have the total ability to prohibit it if they don’t want it…,” Coley said. “I would recommend at least putting a moratorium on unless you have a lot constituents that have come and said I really need to do this.”
The trustees plan to seek legal counsel to help them figure out the best route to take.
“I think it’s clear we’re all on the same page,” trustee board President Tom Farrell said. “We don’t want this right now at least until they come out with the rules.It’s just a matter of how we’re going to put the brakes on this. Whether it’s going to be a moratorium, a ban or put the zoning in and not allow it.”