VW may ban recreational pot dispensaries « The VW independent – Van Wert Independent

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor

Recreational marijuana is legal in Ohio but those who want to indulge may not be able to purchase it within the Van Wert city limits.

The topic of recreational marijuana dispensaries was addressed by Mayor Ken Marward during Monday night’s meeting of Van Wert City Council. Markward reminded council that when medical marijuana became legal in Ohio in 2016, a city law was passed that prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries in Van Wert. Monday night, Markward recommended that city council approve a similar ban on recreational marijuana dispensaries.

Mayor Ken Markward recommends the city prohibit recreational marijuana dispensaries. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

Council President Thad Eikenbary suggested council members take some time to consider the request and to gather feedback from city residents and he assigned it to the Judiary and Annexation Committee. Committee Chairperson Judy Bowers agreed with gathering input from city residents and said the matter will be discussed further during the April 22 meeting of city council.

Safety-Service Director Jay Fleming said there have been inquiries about recreational marijuana dispensaries within the city limits and he noted if council wants to prohibit them, it would be best to act on it before someone purchases property

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