City leaders ‘hit pause’ as state sorts out medical-marijuana details

Grandview Heights plans to join other Ohio cities in placing a moratorium on medical marijuana-related businesses until after the state adopts rules and regulations

Although a new law that legalizes medical marijuana took effect Sept. 8, “this law currently has just the barest of frameworks in place,” said City Attorney Joelle Khouzam.

“We wanted to have a chance to look at the issue overall and get some clarity on what the rules are going to be before we decide whether to take any action to allow medical-marijuana operations in our community,” Mayor Ray DeGraw said.

“It’s prudent to hit the pause button and understand what this new state law means in terms of our zoning ordinances,” Khouzam said.

The Ohio Department of Commerce will develop a regulatory and enforcement framework to address the regulation of medical-marijuana cultivation, processing, retail sale, physician recommendations and consumption.

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