Lorain City Council members passed a yearlong moratorium on medical marijuana businesses. The reasoning behind the cessation is so the city can have time to look over state rules and compile a list of their own rules. Medical marijuana was legalized in Ohio in early September.
Once the rules for the City of Lorain have been decided, the moratorium will be lifted, according to The Chronicle. Several other cities have adopted moratoriums as well. The town of Wellington, in rural Lorain County, is also considering a moratorium.
Safety-Service Director Dan Given said, “Watching what’s going on in other communities and in talking with the Police Department, we wanted to put a moratorium on it just to make sure the state’s rules are understood and that we have time to meet with the Police Department to make sure these are handled properly.”
Ohio cities with marijuana moratoriums in place are:
- North Ridgeville
- Avon Lake
Mayor Ritenauer said, “The other thing to consider is zoning so when the state comes out with its rules I think we want to have a zoning plan in place of where it can go, where it can’t go, not near schools, that kind of thing.”