Municipalities consider medical marijuana

By Dedra Cordle
Staff Writer

A medical marijuana cultivation facility was recently proposed in Pleasant Township.

After two public meetings and one regular township meeting, the board of trustees have reached a decision on the fate of the potential operation.

According to chairwoman Nancy Hunter, the board unanimously voted in favor of establishing a moratorium on grow sites at their June 13 meeting.

She said they did so because many residents spoke out against the grow site.

“The people in the township had a lot of safety concerns about this facility,” she explained at the June 27 trustee’s meeting.

Though they received assurances from the property owners of the proposed grow site that safety measures would be in place, Hunter said they were not convinced that their plans adequately addressed the issue.

“Personally, we had a lot of concerns about the fencing,” she said.

Another reason the trustees voted for the moratorium, said Ed Sheets, was that many residents questioned whether a grow site is a proper setting for a residential neighborhood.

“Residents want to see flowers, vegetables and a nursery grown there at the proposed site on Lambert Road,” he said. “Not marijuana.”

Despite the moratorium that was established, Hunter said they cannot rule out grow sites in the distant future.

“Never say never,” she said.

Both Hunter and trustee Randi Good said they were not against medical marijuana, nor were they against a grow site in the township. However, they said the majority of negative feedback they received from the residents propelled them to vote for the moratorium.

Sheets expressed a similar sentiment.

“We’re here to be the voice of the people,” he said.

While Pleasant Township has come to a decision on medical marijuana cultivation facilities, the village of Urbancrest is currently discussing it.

At their June 13 meeting, a first reading to establish a moratorium was read. There will be two more meetings before the village council votes on the resolution.

Unlike Pleasant Township, the village has not receive any interest in a grow site at this time. Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr. said this legislation is being read to be pro-active.

The next village council meeting will be held on July 11 at 7 p.m.




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