Council passes amendment proposing ban of medical marijuana within city

Heath proposes ban on medical marijuana

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Troy City Council rejected the Law and Ordinance Committee’s amendment Monday related to medical marijuana and where it can be dispensed within the city limits.

Council passed another amendment proposing a complete ban of medical marijuana within city limits.

Committee chairman John Schweser proposed amending the zoning ordinance to limit dispensaries to only three within the B-4 or highway business district, which includes the area of Towne Park and off of Interstate 75 near Dorse Road. Committee member Lynne Snee supported Schweser’s proposed amendment.

Council members Bobby Phillips, Robin Oda, Bill Twiss, Brock Heath, John Twilliger, Tom Kendall voted against the amendment proposing three dispensaries.

Schweser, Snee and Doug Tremblay voted in favor of three dispensaries from the proposed five approved by Troy Planning Commission.

Heath then made a motion for an amendment to prohibit medical marijuana being dispensed in the city limits altogether. Oda seconded the motion.

Oda, Twiss, Heath, Twilliger and Kendall, voted for the amendment to ban medical marijuana dispensaries altogether. The amendment passed and will be presented to council. Schweser, Snee, Tremblay and Phillips, voted against the proposed zero dispensaries.

According to city law director Grant Kerber, council will need a “super majority” of seven votes to pass the amendment banning medical marijuana. The amendement will have its first reading at the next council meeting.

The amendment also prohibits a cultivator, processor, retail dispensary or laboratory from being located or relocating within 500 feet of a school, church, public library, public playground or public park, which is state law. For example, CVS Pharmacy on West Main Street will be ineligible to dispense medical marijuana due to its proximity to a church on Sherman and Ash streets.

On Nov. 1, Ohio’s medical marijuana committee approved to allow up to 18 growers of medical marijuana. Troy’s proposed zoning amendment would ban the growers or “cultivator” within city limits.

Heath proposes ban on medical marijuana

By Melanie Yingst

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