December 21, 2014

City puts hold on medical marijuana

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STANDISH — The Standish City Council passed City Ordinance No. 246 Thursday. The ordinance puts a six-month moratorium on the issuance of permits for the sale or dispensation of medical marijuana within the city.

Though the city has not had any medical marijuana permits issued so far, this moratorium is intended to give them time to study the effects of having medical marijuana sold in Standish.

The public hearing about medical marijuana lasted seven minutes as one person from the public audience stood up and talked about the drug.

“I am highly opposed. We have a lot of drug problems,” Standish resident Jody Wilk said. “My whole family is against it.”

After the comment council member Ed Reno tried to clear up the issue of medical marijuana in Standish.

“It’s a control issue. The doctor prescribes the drug, and the patient can bring it back legally to the (city),” he said. “It is controlled. It’s no different than issuing out Vicodin. The (medical) marijuana can come back into the city.”

Some of the possible regulations the city will study include what distance there should be between the point of purchase and such establishments as schools and other sensitive environments, if any.

During the public hearing, Mayor Winslow explained why this moratorium was up for vote.

“The state passed it. But they were very vague on it,” he said. “We want to make sure we have all of our bases covered.”

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