In Butler County, Liberty Twp. trustees have also placed a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses.
The rules will be rolled out in stages but won’t be fully implemented until September 2018.
Ross Twp. Trustee Tom Willsey said officials are neither “pro or con” on the issue of medical marijuana, they are just using an abundance of caution.
“The law hasn’t been written, the restrictions haven’t been put in place,” he told the Journal-News. “We don’t want to stop something that may be good for the community but we also don’t want something to happen that may be bad for the community. We want to understand more what’s going on and at this point there’s not a lot of information.”
Hamilton was the first community in the county to act on medical marijuana when it banned the sale of drug last February before the new law was passed.
Joshua Brown, communications director with the Ohio Municipal League, said they haven’t kept track of which cities and towns have instituted moratoriums, but said “my experience has been that the vast majority have done moratoriums.”
West Chester Twp. is the only jurisdiction that has taken a stand against a marijuana moratorium.
“We’re way to premature. It’s going to take two years for whoever is interpreting the law to even determine what the rules are, and I think until we see what those rules are, it’s going to be way to premature to do anything,” Trustee George Lang previously told the Journal-News. “Because we may be doing work the state’s already doing.”