Council lifts ban on medical marijuana dispensaries – Van Wert Independent

Kari Stan gives Van Wert City the ins-and-outs of medical marijuana dispensaries during Monday night’s meeting. Scott Truxell/VW independent

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor

After weeks of discussion, Van Wert City Council made it official Monday night – medical marijuana dispensaries are now permitted within the city limits, but adult use facilities, often referred to as recreational dispensaries, are prohibited.

Medical marijuana dispensaries

Council members heard the third and final reading of an ordinance to rescind a ban on such facilities in the city. The local ban was enacted after medical marijuana became legal in Ohio in late 2016. Monday’s vote to formally lift it was 5-1 in favor, with council members Jana Ringwald, Jeff Kallas, Jeff Agler, Julie Moore and Bill Marshall voting “yes.” At-Large Councilwoman Judy Bowers was the only “no” vote, and Second Ward Councilman Jordan Dettrow was absent from the meeting.

Before the third and final vote, members of Van Wert City Council heard from several people in the audience, including Pentecostal Way Church Pastor Bill Watson and a woman who recently lost her nephew to a drug overdose. They urged council to reject both medical and adult-use dispensaries.

Council members also heard a presentation from Keri

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