FOSTORIA — Medical marijuana may become legal in the state of Ohio on Thursday, but it won’t in Fostoria.
At least, not anytime soon.
Fostoria City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a one-year freeze on the cultivation, processing and sale of medical marijuana within the city at the request of Mayor Eric Keckler.
The temporary ban went into effect just two days before House Bill 523 makes Ohio the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana.
“We certainly are not coming out for or against medical marijuana or the growing of medical marijuana,” Keckler said Tuesday. “… What we’re trying to do is have a moratorium that would allow us a year to study this a little closer as they start to put out the new rules and regulations so we can control where (dispensaries) will be able to be located.”
Under state law, dispensaries cannot open within 500 feet of a school, library, church, park or public playground. Additionally, no one will be permitted to grow marijuana in their homes.