“we Shouldn’t Move Forward Until They Have Figured This Out,” Aylor Added.

“Shouldn’t it give us Marijuana Stocks pause?” Lebanon Councilman Jim Dearie said during the June 13 meeting. Federal law classifies it with drugs having a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use, but up to 24 small- or large- or small-scale grow sites are to be permitted in Ohio under the new state law. “We shouldn’t move forward until they have figured this out,” Aylor added. Some of the debate in Lebanon centered around research finding that marijuana is viewed in some circles as offering a wide range of potential therapeutic benefits. “We have an opportunity as a strong community to encourage and take advantage of this new therapeutic option,” said Ryan Tassef, a resident opposed to the moratorium. The council also questioned the state law allowing medical marijuana businesses to be established, but giving local governments the option to declare moratoriums or prohibitions. “Shame on you for giving communities the option of opting out,” Mayor Amy Brewer said, questioning if the council should “pick and choose what businesses come to our town.” Councilman Mark Messer read from pages of research that downplay any connection between marijuana use and crime, including one study indicating violent crime waned in areas where the drug was legal. Post traumatic stress disorder and multiple sclerosis were among the serious medical conditions marijuana was being used to treat, Messer said. “It’s an obvious win for the state,” said Messer, reading of million-dollar windfalls in Michigan and Arizona from fees or sales.

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