Findlay City Council made sure to give its two-year moratorium on medical marijuana a final vote Tuesday, but tabled legislation that would continue funding for the Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County through the city’s hotel/motel bed tax.
Council voted 9-1 to enact a ban on dispensing, cultivating or processing medical marijuana within city limits until Sept. 8, 2018. That will be exactly two years from the date the Ohio Legislature legalized the drug. Council plans to revisit the ban once state officials establish rules, which is expected to take at least two years.
Seventh Ward Councilman Tim Watson voted against the moratorium. Watson has been outspoken in his opposition to making the drug inaccessible.
At its regular meeting Oct. 18, council did not take a final vote on the ban after giving the legislation its third reading. Council voted twice on the moratorium at the meeting: once to lift the legislation from the table, and once to amend it, setting a two-year time limit on the moratorium. The final, missed vote was discovered after the meeting, upon review of the minutes.