XENIA TOWNSHIP — Xenia Township will hold a pair of listening sessions Wednesday, March 15 and Monday, 27 regarding medical marijuana in Ohio.
House Bill 523, which went into effect Sept. 6, 2016, gives municipalities the ability to allow medical marijuana cultivators, processors and/or dispensaries within their boundaries. The township has yet to allow it, enacting a moratorium on cultivators, processors and dispensaries until Sunday, Sept. 3 to allow the township trustees and zoning commission the opportunity to study the parameters and effects of allowing any or all of these three provisions of the bill in Xenia Township.
As part of their study, the trustees will hold the 6 p.m. sessions to give township residents a chance to share their perspective on the subject.
According to a release from the township, the listening sessions are not designed to be a question and answer period of the medical marijuana issue or a debate on the merits of it being right or wrong. They are designed to hear Xenia Township residents personal feelings on the topic. The sessions are open to the public, but only Xenia Township residents will be allowed to speak to the trustees.
There may be time limits for each speaker depending upon how many are in attendance.
For more information on medical marijuana in Ohio, visit www.medicalmarajuana.ohio.gov. Information can also be found at www.xeniatownship.org.
Xenia Daily Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.