According to Marijuana Laws in Ohio Communities Stand on Recreational Marijuana

The suggested law that Ohioans voted for in Issue 2 goes into effect today. Issue 2 says that cities and townships can’t have recreational marijuana stores within their borders, but they can’t stop people from growing marijuana at home or having marijuana on their person. Rep. Gary Click, R-Vikery, put forward a bill to change that. Here’s where some cities and towns in Southwest Ohio stand:

Liberty Township

To keep marijuana from being grown, processed, or sold in Liberty Township until November 17, 2024, all of the trustees decided in favor of the ban. In 2019, voters accepted the use of medical marijuana, and now the township is taking the same approach to recreational marijuana. Tom Farrell, a trustee, said this.

Farrell said, “We think it’s irresponsible for us to let these kinds of businesses operate without fully understanding the rules and regulations.” “The rules and laws are way too vague today.” Farrell said that the township would look at the ban again once they knew the rules for the business side of marijuana use for leisure purposes.

Hamilton

On Wednesday, the Hamilton City Council looked at emergency legislation that would ban people from growing, processing, and selling marijuana for private use. The bill did not get the six votes it needed to pass right away. Councilmembers Joel Lauer and Susan Vaughn voted against the ban. Lauer said he thinks that bans go against what people want.

Vaugn suggested changing the law so that recreational marijuana shops can’t open until June 12, 2024. Officer Eric Pohlman was the only one who voted against that. The council talked about it and agreed that it would be better to have something in place before Thursday. They then voted unanimously to approve the changed moratorium.

Fairfield

On Monday, a 6-1 vote decided that until September 10, 2024, no one can grow, process, or sell marijuana in Fairfield.Matt Davidson, a councilman, voted against the ban. In a Facebook post, he said that most of the messages he got from city people were about wanting a dispensary. In 34 of the city’s 38 wards, Issue 2 passed.

Davidson also said that the city would get tax money from selling, growing, and processing marijuana for private use. He said, “There’s no doubt that there will be tax money.” “This would mean giving tax money to another area,”

The council members who voted for the ban said they didn’t know what the rules were and that there was nothing in the city’s zoning code about selling, growing, or processing marijuana for recreational use. They said the break would give the city time to fix the problems with its zoning rules.

Green Township

Tony Rosiello, a trustee in Green Township, said that the board will probably talk about a halt on Monday. He said that the bans won’t last forever. The township is open to the recreational marijuana business, but they want to know more about how the state plans to police it before they give out licenses. “We’re not saying no; we’re saying we need more information,” he said.

Colerain Township

Colerain Township didn’t give up quickly when they tried to keep recreational pot shops out of the township. Two weeks before the election, trustees moved early to change the zoning resolution that already says medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal to also say recreational marijuana dispensaries are illegal.

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