Hamilton becomes latest city to temporarily ban dispensaries before legalization of recreational marijuana – WCPO 9 Cincinnati

HAMILTON, Ohio — Hamilton becomes the latest Southwest Ohio municipality to temporarily ban dispensaries just hours before recreational marijuana becomes legal in Ohio.

After hours of discussion, the Hamilton City Council on Wednesday unanimously passed ordinances temporarily banning dispensaries in town, pledging to revisit the ban in six months. Medical marijuana dispensaries are already banned.

#BREAKING: tldr, Hamilton passes two ordinances banning pot businesses and pledge to revisit in six months.
That’s after multi-hour consideration and disagreement over the timeline as the state figures out what they’re changing ahead of recreational weed legalizing tomorrow@WCPO https://t.co/GZ1olKKwf9

— Sean DeLancey (@SeanDeLanceyTV) December 7, 2023

Several Hamilton residents spoke during public comment. While multiple people expressed their concerns about how legalizing marijuana will impact children and other residents, some pointed out that banning dispensaries would give tax revenue to other cities.

Mayor Pat Moeller said council should be diligent in how it approaches any new ban as a significant number of Hamilton precincts, 17 of 18, voted to approve recreational marijuana legalization, but state lawmakers on both sides of the isle have been rushing to implement sweeping changes to the law ahead of Thursday’s deadline.

“We are now in uncharted waters,” Moeller told his fellow council

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