North Ridgeville Council approves medical marijuana ban

North Ridgeville Council approves medical marijuana ban

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Marijuana plants ready to be harvested at a grow house in Denver. While nearby cities have approved legislation for medical marijuana , North Ridgeville is not quite ready to make that move. On May 15, city officials approved a committee-of-the-whole report, dated May 1, to adopt a ban on the cultivation, processing and retail sale of medical marijuana in the city due to the conflict in federal law and the lack of rules provided by the state. A few months ago, North Ridgeville put a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses, according to Council President Bernadine Butkowski. “We placed the moratorium on medical marijuana businesses because we wanted to see what was happening at the state level,” Butkowski said. “The state has not come up with legislation for these facilities, so we can’t make an intelligent decision with no information.” Advertisement Although other cities in the county have green-lighted this legislation, Butkowski said they don’t know what they are getting into. “Other cities that have passed legislation are kind of taking a leap of faith because there are no parameters for this,” she said. “It could be like California where you can just see a doctor and get a prescription without having any real medical problems. They really just don’t know. “You have to know what you’re voting on before you can make an informed decision.” The main concern for North Ridgeville is the conflict with the federal government, which stills deems medical marijuana illegal, Butkowski said. “It’s not regulated by federal government,” she said. “So, if these businesses decide to go to the bank and deposit money, they can’t because that would be laundering of drug money, and that’s illegal.” The ban does not mean North Ridgeville would never consider allowing medical marijuana in the city, Butkowski said. “If […]

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