Medical marijuana dispensaries now permitted in Brook Park –

BROOK PARK, Ohio — Properly licensed medical marijuana dispensaries now have the option to consider Brook Park when searching for a location.

City Council passed three ordinances at its Nov. 15 meeting, two outlining specific dispensary and operational requirements and the other repealing a chapter in Brook Park’s codified ordinances that previously prohibited medical marijuana businesses.

Council had attempted for years to create, fine-tune, then pass medical marijuana legislation. Numerous moratoriums had been instituted since 2016.

Councilmen Rick Salvatore and Rich Scott remained steadfast in their opposition to medical marijuana establishments in the city, voting no on all three ordinances Nov. 15.

Permitted areas in which medical marijuana dispensaries may operate include zoning district U-5A and all U-7 zoning districts, which are primarily along Brookpark Road.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program website continues to indicate that no applications to establish dispensaries are being accepted at this time. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy regulates dispensaries and is the issuing agency for licenses.

According to a previous story, the pharmacy board approved 70 provisional licenses in May. The state received 1,465 applications for consideration. Provisional licensees have 270 days for their businesses to become operational.

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