Huber Heights changes course, votes for moratorium on medical marijuana

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015, file photo, lead grower Dave Wilson cares for marijuana plants at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Two executives from the Drug Free Action Alliance, which fought Ohio's legalization of medical marijuana, were appointed Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, as the final members of the state’s 14-member medical marijuana advisory committee, raising concerns among advocates about whether the panel will be stacked against patients. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) — The Huber Heights City Council made an unexpected decision on Monday night.

Council members voted for a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana.

The council was originally scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would allow a medical marijuana cultivation facility to open inside the city limits.

But, the council voted instead to ban the drug for six months.

Council members didn’t say what would happen to the company that submitted a bid to the state to locate in Huber Heights.

Monday’s vote further postponed a decision some expected weeks ago. The council was expected to vote on the ordinance at its last meeting, but instead chose for a third reading of the ordinance at Monday’s scheduled meeting.

A group of concerned citizens opposed to the idea held a press conference to urge city leaders to vote against the ordinance Monday.

City leaders created a 12 question survey about the issue and Huber Heights residents will begin receiving calls this week.  City Manager, Rob Schommer, said the results of the phone survey will be in next week.

FW Green Investment, LLC has submitted a bid with the state to open a cultivation facility on 5051 Kitridge road.  The group wants to build a $10M facility where the old Globe Product Inc. factory used to be.

More than 180 applicants have applied for 24 state medical marijuana cultivator, large and small, licenses.

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