MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — Middleburg Heights City Council at its Nov. 24 meeting passed extensions to existing temporary moratoriums for medical marijuana businesses and secondhand stores.
The current medical marijuana moratorium will be in effect for another 12 months. It prevents the establishment of retail dispensaries, medical marijuana processors, and growers. The legislation was first enacted in 2017, with 12-month extensions instituted annually.
Dealers in secondhand articles cannot establish new businesses in Middleburg Heights for an additional six months. Council passed the original moratorium in 2019.
Mayor Matt Castelli explained that extensive revisions currently in process for the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan, as well as an update to city zoning codes, make the moratorium extensions necessary. He estimated the zoning code rewrite could take another six to eight months.
“I would like to see this (secondhand stores) moratorium remain in place until we can have a better assessment done of our retail districts throughout the city,” Castelli said.
Councilman Tim Ali asked Law Director Santo Incorvaia where the state of Ohio currently stands on medical marijuana legislation.
“The state is moving forward and giving licenses to dispensaries, cultivators, and processors,” Incorvaia said. “It would be appropriate to discuss those things as we discuss the city’s master plan and zoning code.”
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