More than two years after Ohio legalized medical marijuana and growers and dispensaries throughout the state move closer to offering THC products to recommended patients, Upper Arlington officials remain opposed to allowing related businesses to operate locally.
On Oct. 8, Upper Arlington City Council unanimously passed its third 12-month moratorium on marijuana-related businesses since October 2016.
The latest ordinance, which was passed by emergency vote and became effective immediately, mirrors the city’s previous two bans.
It states Upper Arlington’s city charter and the Ohio Constitution give City Council the power to enact “planning, zoning and business regulation laws that further the health, safety, welfare, comfort and peace of its citizens, including restricting, prohibiting and/or regulating certain businesses.”
Council President Kip Greenhill said during a council conference session Sept. 17 that’s the crux of the city’s ongoing opposition to regulated medical-marijuana operations.