FAIRFIELD, Ohio — The Fairfield City Council voted Monday to temporarily ban recreational marijuana dispensaries from operating in the city just one month after Ohioans voted to approve recreational marijuana.
In a 6-1 vote, the council chose to prohibit operating on any cultivation, processing or dispensing of adult-use cannabis until Sept. 10, 2024. In nine months, the council will then vote to extend it or ban it altogether.
The decision came after a lengthy discussion by council members and roughly 30 minutes of public comment.
“I will not raise my kids here. I will not live here if you bring this here in our community,” said one resident.
“I think you’re sending the wrong message that you’ll allow people to come out and vote and silence them,” said another.
Council member Matt Davidson agreed with that resident. He was the only one to vote against the ban.
“We are attempting to usurp their votes, voting in favor of the prohibition, a ban, or moratorium of any kind would simply be telling the citizens of Fairfield your vote doesn’t count, your vote doesn’t matter,” Davidson said.
Nearly 58% of voters in Fairfield voted to pass recreational marijuana use back in November. Davidson said 34/38 precincts in Fairfield