The Lake Township trustees have opted to not allow the cultivation, processing and dispensing of medical marijuana in the township.
The trustees voted unanimously Tuesday on a resolution to prohibit the practices that are allowed after a new state law went into effect last year with the passage of House Bill 523.
The resolution notes that under Ohio Revised Code townships may “prohibit or limit the number of medical marijuana cultivators, processors and dispensaries within the limits of the township.”
Also, the federal Controlled Substances Act still prohibits the possession, cultivation and sale of marijuana for medical or recreational use, the resolution says.
The state law became effective on Sept. 8, 2016 and allows medical marijuana to be dispensed as oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles and patches. It prohibits smoking or combustion but does allow for vaporization.
Jeff Pettit, who chairs the board of trustees, said the board wanted to be pro-active in its stance.
“We had some security concerns,” he said after the meeting. “One being there could be large amounts of cash involved.”