Input on pot wanted in village


By Dedra Cordle
Staff Writer

The village of Urbancrest council is seeking input from its constituents regarding medical marijuana grow operations.

At the July 11 meeting, councilwoman Alicia Wiggins said she was concerned that not enough residents have weighed in during this debate as the council mulls establishing a moratorium on grow operations within the village.

“Why not look at letting residents make a decision?” she asked.

Wiggins said she would like to see the council make more of an effort to reach out to the constituents before voting on legislation to prohibit the establishment of medical marijuana grow operations.

Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr. said he could distribute literature throughout the village in regard to this issue, but encouraged the council to go door-to-door to solicit feedback.

The council said they were willing to do so, but also encouraged the residents to reach out via phone calls and emails.

The council also said this is an important issue and they want to hear from the residents as they continue the debate on medical marijuana grow operations.

To contact the council, go to the village’s website at Messages can also be left at the main office at 614-875-1279.

The village council has already had two readings on the prohibition of medical marijuana grow facilities within the community. The final reading is scheduled to be voted upon at the Aug. 8 meeting.

Volunteers still needed

On July 26 and 28, hundreds of volunteers are expected to come out to Martin Luther King Park and help set up an inclusive playground. July 26 will be the prep day and July 28 will be the
build day.

Though Barnes said approximately 200 people have signed up to volunteer for the events, he encouraged more to join in on the fun.

To sign up for either day, contact the village office at 614-875-1279. Refreshments and food will be provided for volunteers on the all-day build day.


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