Kettering city staff is recommending council make permanent a temporary ban on medical marijuana businesses in Montgomery County’s second largest city.
The temporary moratorium on cultivating, processing or dispensing marijuana in the city expires May 31. City council later this month will discuss whether to pass an ordinance banning the businesses, put restrictions on them, or take no action and let them operate under state law.
Kettering Mayor Don Patterson urges interested residents to see the city’s research on the issue on the city’s website and come to the April 24 council meeting to hear a presentation from staff. There will be a public comment portion of the meeting.
“This is an important issue and the decision we make now has the potential to impact our community well in to the future,” said Patterson.
A March 23 memo from city staff to council recommends enacting a ban on the businesses in the city. The primary reason given is that Ohio’s medical marijuana program is in conflict with federal law, which considers marijuana a