PEPPER PIKE, Ohio — City Council is expected to vote next week on a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses operating in Pepper Pike, which Mayor Richard Bain said will ultimately give the city more flexibility in the future.
The city had previously been considering an ordinance that would have prohibited all phases of the medical marijuana business — cultivating, processing and dispensing — from taking place in Pepper Pike.
“We decided that we can do the same thing through a moratorium,” Bain said. “(A moratorium) allows us more flexibility in future years if the profile of these (medical marijuana) activities changes and we want to deal with it.”
In other words, Pepper Pike will see how medical marijuana and the potential issues that come with its legalization work out, then will decide if it wants to be involved.
“We realize the desire for treatment of certain medical issues with medical marijuana and we think it needs to be available to people,” Bain said. The Mayor said that Pepper Pike residents in need of medical marijuana will be able to obtain