Brimfield considering rules to regulate medical marijuana facilities – Record

April 14th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »

BRIMFIELD — The township’s zoning commission has begun to craft regulations to establish where medical marijuana could be manufactured or distributed in Brimfield as a conditionally permitted use.

Draft legislation which the Brimfield Township Zoning Commission discussed Thursday evening would limit the distribution of medical marijuana to General Commercial districts in the township. As proposed, Zoning Inspector/Economic Developer Mike Hlad said the sale of medical marijuana would be allowed, as a conditionally permitted use, in areas where pharmacies are permitted today.

The manufacture of medical marijuana would be limited to light and heavy industrial districts in Brimfield Township, also as a conditionally permitted use, under the present version of the legislation.

“We’re trying to make manufacturing of this in industrial areas away from the general populace,” Commission Chairman Ron Jones said, noting there have been no permits issued for the manufacture or distribution of medical marijuana in Brimfield Township.

As conditional uses, applicants for such businesses would have to appear before the township’s Board of Zoning Appeals for a public hearing and demonstrate they would adhere to state and federal guidelines, Zoning Secretary Jendy Miller said. If the BZA were to approve the conditional use, the applicants would then be required to obtain approval from the Portage County Regional Planning Commission and conform to Portage County guidelines. The state would handle inspections.

Facilities would not be able to set up shop within 1,000 feet of any K-12 school or 500 feet within any church, library, preschool or child care center.

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