Sites set for medical marijuana shops, but another Butler County city will ban them — just in case law changes

Sites set for medical marijuana shops, but another Butler County city will ban them — just in case law changes

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BUTLER COUNTY — Butler County will be home to two medical marijuana dispensaries, but most jurisdictions have banned the new businesses, either temporarily or permanently. Trenton is one of the last communities to issue an outright ban, with city council set to approve such a measure next week. “With the state regulating where the dispensaries go, and the two already having been awarded for Butler County our (permanent) moratorium may be a moot point anyway,” Trenton Mayor Calvin Woodrey said. “But you know, legislation can always be changed.” RELATED: Butler County reacts to news of two new medical marijuana dispensaries Woodrey said he sees legalized medical marijuana in Ohio as a stepping stone to lawful recreational use. “If it was purely a medical marijuana issue, it would have been in the drug stores and we wouldn’t be seeing special legislation just for (setting up dispensaries),” he said. “Anything they write prescriptions for, with the exception of medical marijuana, you can get at a drugstore. So why do we have to have a special dispensary for that? To me it’s just a stepping stone towards the recreational use,” said Woodrey. Woodrey isn’t the only Butler County government official with these views. MORE: The Latest: Ohio won’t make Sept. 8 medical marijuana date West Chester Twp. — which had an early suitor for the new business model — completely banned marijuana businesses. “The recreational thing is coming and they want to sell it through the same dispensaries,” Trustee Mark Welch said he realized early on in the process. There is an effort underway to place a statewide question on the ballot next year legalizing all marijuana use. A similar question was struck down by voters in 2015. Supporters must gather at least 305,591 signatures of registered Ohio voters to put the […]

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