US (OH): "Local zoning regulations aren't likely to attract medical cannabis businesses"

New zoning regulations will go into effect next month in Madison Township that could allow medical cannabis businesses to locate within the community.

But it doesn’t seem likely that any of those businesses will be seeking zoning approval anytime soon to set up shop in Madison Township. That reality stems from the requirement to first secure licenses from various state agencies to launch and operate medical cannabis enterprises in Ohio.

Madison Township trustees, at their March 8 meeting, approved zoning-text changes that established regulations for businesses that dispense, cultivate or process medical cannabis. The new zoning rules go into effect 30 days after being passed by trustees.

Some of those regulations include:
• Cultivators, processors and retail dispensaries shall be conditionally permitted only in B-2 Regional Business, B-3 Wholesale and Trade Commercial and M-1 Light Manufacturing zoning districts.
• A Cultivator, processor or retail dispensary must be located at least 500 feet away from schools, churches, public libraries, public playgrounds, public parks or public recreations centers.
• A facility engaged in cultivation or processing of medical cannabis must be located at least 1,000 feet away from any R-1, R-2 or R-4 residential zoning district.
• A retail dispensary shall only operate between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays.

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