Ahead of vote on marijuana dispensaries, Mansfield council members attend webinar – AOL

GannettMark Caudill, Mansfield News JournalMay 21, 2024 at 4:22 AM

Mansfield City Council is scheduled to vote June 4 to impose a six-month moratorium on marijuana dispensaries.

Several council members received more background on the issue during a Monday afternoon webinar by the Ohio Municipal League.

“Our goal from the government side is to get the best information out there,” said Andrew Makoski, an attorney for the Ohio Department of Commerce.

In the Nov. 7 general election, the ballot measure called Issue 2 passed with 57% of the vote, making Ohio the 25th state to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use.

Ohio’s law on adult-use marijuana is now effective, and sales should begin between June and September throughout the state.

The department of commerce’s division of cannabis control is finalizing rules on implementation of the program. Ohio gives certain rights to local governments related to adult-use operators in their community.

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At-Large Councilman David FalquetteSeveral Mansfield City Council members attend marijuana webinar

Council members Cheryl Meier, El Akuchie, Deborah Mount and David Falquette attended the webinar in council chambers.

Makoski said there are 215 marijuana dispensaries in Ohio, with another 180 to 200 licenses pending.

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