Medical marijuana public hearing on agenda

Ordinance limits number of retail dispensaries

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]

TROY — Troy City Council will hold a public hearing regarding the regulation of medical marijuana at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today.

The Troy Planning Commission modified its proposed ban to allow a limited number of retail dispensaries such as pharmacies that distribute medical marijuana in certain business zones on Sept. 14.

Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved limiting the number of retail dispensaries, instead of the first proposed overall ban.

The amendment will ban the cultivation and processors of medical marijuana, but will allow up to five pharmacies to dispense the drug.

Following discussions held at previous planning commission meetings, city staff recommended the proposed amendment and relaxed its ban to allow businesses to provide medical marijuana as well as local residents who may be prescribed the drug to acquire in Troy.

The amendment also prohibits a cultivator, processor, retail dispensary or laboratory from being located or relocating within 500 feet of a school, church, public library, public playground or public park, which is state law. For example, CVS Pharmacy on West Main Street will be ineligible to dispense medical marijuana due to its proximity to a church on Sherman and Ash streets.

The following business zones will allow the sale or dispensary of medical marijuana: within a B-1 (Local Retail District), B-2 (General Business District) or B-4 (Highway Service Business District) zoning district.

The amendment will not allow the sale in the downtown historical district or B-3 central business district.

Beginning on Sept. 8, Ohio became the 25th state to enact legislation allowing for the medicinal use of marijuana by approving House Bill 523.

On July 18, Troy City Council approved a moratorium of 180 days for permits pertaining to the medical marijuana issue.

Earlier this month, Concord Township Trustees approved a resolution to prohibit the location of medical marijuana cultivators, processors and retail distributors for one year in the unincorporated sections of Concord Township.

Council will review the following resolutions:

R-45-2016 Two-year agreement with Rozzi’s for July 4 fireworks, $34,650 per year — first reading

The cost of the fireworks has been $31,500 since 2006. Rozzi’s has proposed a 10 percent increase, or $34,650, for each 2017 and 2018, which will include an enhanced program. The Troy Foundation has increased the grant allocation by $2,000 for 2017 based on an enhanced program. The city will also contact Concord Township (a funding partner since 2005) and Staunton Township regarding financial participation.

R-46-2016 Agreement with Strand Associates for West Main Street Corridor Study, $180,000 — first reading

Council will consider authorizing a professional services agreement with Strand Associates Inc. of Cincinnati for the study of the West Main Street Corridor from 1-75 to Cherry Street at a cost not to exceed $180,000. The study would provide a plan and evaluate infrastructure improvements as well as develop a conceptual corridor plan to address anticipated growth needs and address safety concerns for the next 20 years.

The city had budgeted $200,000 this study.

Council will review the following ordinances:

O-49-2016 Release of mortgage, related to paid off loan to Troy Business Park, Ltd. — emergency first reading

O-50-2016 Amend Ordinance Chapter 915 related to sewer system, wording to match NPDES Permit — first reading

O-51-2016 Declare some items as surplus/authorize sale — first reading

Surplus items include: 2007 Chevy Uplander Van; 2003 Chevy S-10; 1998 Ford Taurus; 2002 Dodge Intrepid; 2007 Jeep Liberty; and 225 surplus phones/appurtenances.

Ordinance limits number of retail dispensaries

By Melanie Yingst

[email protected]

Reach Melanie Yingst at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

Reach Melanie Yingst at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

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