Liberty trustees say no to medical-marijuana businesses

LIBERTY — Trustees voted unanimously this afternoon to bar medical-marijuana businesses from the township.

Medical marijuana became legal statewide in 2016, though the regulatory and distribution program is not required to be fully operational until September 2018.

Ohio’s law allows municipalities and townships to ban or limit the number of medical-marijuana operations within their jurisdictions, though there is an exemption for facilities conducting research into the drug.

Liberty’s prohibition on medical-marijuana businesses mirrors legislation adopted in Canfield, Poland and Austintown. The bans do not forbid people from using medical marijuana in those communities if it is legally obtained elsewhere, however.

Conversely, officials in Campbell, Lowellville and Youngstown are hoping to recruit medical-marijuana businesses. Those officials cite potential benefits, including jobs and tax revenue. It is not certain whether any of those areas will actually get medical marijuana companies, however. Businesses are awaiting licenses from the state to grow, process or sell marijuana, and the licensing process is competitive.

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