Akron places one-year freeze on cultivating, processing or selling medical marijuana

AKRON, OH - Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan introduced legislation in city council Monday night that would impose a one-year freeze on the cultivation, processing or sale of medical marijuana in that city. City Council members unanimously approved the recommendation at that meeting.

The moratorium stems from the legalization of medical marijuana by the Ohio legislature. Although the law went into effect this month, some cities are concerned that there are no accompanying rules and regulations about licensing the plant and physician recommendations.

The mayor said that Akron will use the year to "thoughtfully and diligently study the effect of the new law on our neighborhoods and determine the best path forward." He added that, "This moratorium does not affect the ability of patients to legally use medical marijuana in Akron with a physician recommendation.”

The ultimate goal, according to a release, is a "local response to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Law, with respect to zoning, licensing and other local regulation of medical marijuana."

For more on Ohio's marijuana laws, click here.