Tallmadge City Council has unanimously approved an extension of its moratorium on the cultivation, processing or sale of medical marijuana within the city for another year. The vote was unanimous at the body's April 13 meeting.

In September 2016, City Council adopted a six-month moratorium, with the option to extend the time period if it is deemed necessary.

Mayor Dave Kline and Law Director Megan Raber recommended the moratorium in light of House Bill 523, which took effect Sept. 8, 2016. That legislation allows people in Ohio with certain medical conditions to use physician-recommended medical marijuana. While the legislation established a framework for the program, Raber said various state agencies are still in the process of developing rules and regulations to implement and manage it. For instance, Raber reported the board charged with developing regulations pertaining to cultivators faces a May deadline, but rules for other entities, like processors and laboratories, don't have to be in place until September. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program is slated to be fully operational by Sept. 8, 2018.

"So this [the 12-month extension of the moratorium] just gives us an opportunity, once those rules and regulations come out, to take them into consideration in determining which direction the city wants to go," Raber reported.

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