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Canfield council says ‘no’ to commercial pot

CANFIELD — Canfield City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Wednesday prohibiting commercial marijuana activity within the city. The ordinance was first read at the May 15 meeting.

Before approving the ordinance, council members considered how Issue 2 was passed in the general election on Nov. 7. The issue allows for possession of up to 2.5 ounces by adults age 21 and older. Residents could also cultivate up to six marijuana plants at home.

In 2017, council approved an ordinance to prohibit medical marijuana cultivators, processors and retail dispensers within the city. With the approval of Issue 2, council decided to consider a new resolution to cover commercial activity outside medical use.

“We are not stopping people from growing or using marijuana,” city attorney Mark Fortunato said. “We are just preventing any commercial (marijuana) activity within the city.”

Police Chief Chuck Colucci said as far as traffic stops, adults over 21 can transport the legal amount in their vehicle, but they cannot use it while in the vehicle.

Council also unanimously approved an ordinance to allow City Manager David D’Apolito to enter into a contract for the East Main Street Improvement Project. The project would repair the bumps between Fairview and Hillside drives by grinding, filling, and repaving the eastbound lane.

“It will be entirely repaved in just that lane,” D’Apolito said. “It will not be a patch job.”

He expects things to move pretty fast once the work begins. He said if all goes well, the project should be done before July 4.

The contract will be with Shelly and Sands Inc. to complete the project at a cost not to exceed $110,469.

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