The City Council of Mason, Ohio unanimously voted no to the passage of an ordinance that would allow medical marijuana entry into the city. The vote effectively delayed the issuance of permits for six months.
After members of the city council convened to decide on the fate of medical marijuana in Mason City on Monday, the members uniformly decided that they need more time to resolve the issue. The council passed a 180 day moratorium, delaying the granting of permits to retail dispensaries, cultivators or processors of medical marijuana.
City ordinance 2017-139 would amend chapter 1171 of the zoning code to prevent the cultivation, processing and retail of medical marijuana.
Council members are generally worried about how the new law will change the city’s image and affect their held values.
Council member and mother, Susan Moore had the council’s sympathy when she asked “Do I want to live in a community where my children can point across the street and that’s where they grow marijuana? What kind of message does that send to them?”
Another member Kathy Grossman offers the same sentiment, adding that she doesn’t want the city to be associated with the drug.
“I was looking at the beautiful M logo and I thought, ‘I don’t want that to be associated with marijuana.’ I just don’t.”
The state of Ohio legalized medical marijuana in the state back in May 2016 though it is said to take until September of next year for the law to be fully operational and penetrate the whole market base.
For now, a public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2018.