Six-month medical marijuana moratorium approved for Tallmadge

Tallmadge — By unanimous vote of City Council Sept. 22, Tallmadge joined other Ohio cities that will spend the next months evaluating whether to prohibit or limit medical marijuana businesses here.

A Tallmadge father and son spoke favorably of the city’s proposed six-month moratorium on marijuana at a public hearing Sept. 22; no one voiced opposition against it. City Council subsequently approved the half year moratorium on the cultivation, processing and sale of marijuana in Tallmadge, with the option to extend the time period if it is deemed necessary.

Mayor Dave Kline and Law Director Megan Raber recommended the moratorium in light of House Bill 523, which took effect on Sept. 8. That legislation allows people in Ohio with certain medical conditions to use physician-recommended medical marijuana.

Tallmadge’s current zoning regulations don’t address the production or dispensing of medical marijuana. Under the new state law, municipalities may establish their own regulations to prohibit or limit the number of marijuana operations.

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