Moraine sends letters for help about potential marijuana grow site

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Moraine city manager David Hicks sent letters to attorney general Mike DeWine and secretary of state Jon Husted. Letters asking for help regarding a group looking to buy some land from the city.

Those letters detail what 2 news first told you on Wednesday about the group “ResponsibleOhio” and it’s plans to buy land from the city of Moraine for a marijuana growing operation, if it becomes legal.

In the letters, The city manager says the group “blindsided” them by not telling them how they wanted to use the land.

David Hicks says the proposed amendment that would legalized marijuana states that the growing sites would not be within 1,000 feet of a school or place of worship. The letters to the attorney general and secretary of state say that this property violates both of those rules, and Hicks is asking the two for help.

In the letter to the attorney general the city manager says:

“The city does not enjoy being placed in this awkward, and conflicted situation, but we are only responding to the circumstances presented to us; we do not believe it would be reasonable to allow this to go any further without identifying these issues to you and the public.”

2 News reached out to “ResponsibleOhio” and they responded with this comment from Steve Smith the attorney for the property option holder:
“It is very common for corporate real estate transactions to follow the type of procedure that took place here, and we followed all of the terms of that agreement.  The amendment clearly states that the 1,000 feet restriction is measured from the location of the building once constructed.  As such, the Moraine location complies with the amendment. At best, the city’s objection is premature.”
Hicks said he just sent the letters Friday and hasn’t gotten a response yet. 2 News will follow this story and bring more information as we get it.

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