“it’s An Obvious Win For The State,” Said Messer, Reading Of Million-dollar Windfalls In Michigan And Arizona From Fees Or Sales.

Some of the debate in Lebanon centered around research finding that marijuana is viewed in some circles as offering a wide range of potential therapeutic benefits. “We have an opportunity as a strong community to encourage and take advantage of this new therapeutic option,” said Ryan Tassef, a resident opposed to the moratorium. The council also questioned the state law allowing medical marijuana businesses to be established, but giving local governments the option to declare moratoriums or prohibitions. “Shame on you for giving communities the option of opting out,” Mayor Amy Brewer said, questioning if the council should “pick and choose what businesses come to our town.” Councilman Mark Messer read from pages of research that downplay any connection between marijuana use and crime, including one study indicating violent crime waned in areas where the drug was legal. Post traumatic stress disorder and multiple sclerosis were among the serious medical conditions marijuana was being used to treat, Messer said. “It’s an obvious win for the state,” said Messer, reading of million-dollar windfalls in Michigan and Arizona from fees or sales. “Jobs in this sector are scheduled to outpace manufacturing by 2020.” Councilman Jim Norris expressed skepticism about Messer’s research and favored opposition to http://www.newyorkmedmarijuana.com medical marijuana being grown, processed or distributed in Lebanon. “I think Mr. Messer and certain others have roamed up a certain column,” Norris said, pointing to reports of dispensaries in Detroit shut down in a sting operation. Norris said a local doctor he’d queried on the subject said there were other proven medications already available and opposed medical marijuana. “I believe the council is responsible for representing community values,” Norris added, reading a list of area communities with bans.

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