Originally Brook Park has instituted a 6 month moratorium but Councilwoman Julie McCormick introduced new legislation to amend the original moratorium.
“This would lay out a plan of how we’re going to respond to the state’s legalizing medical marijuana,” McCormick explained to council. “(It involves) holding public hearings and recognizing that our residents have the right to use this and that we need to be responsible in how we implement this in Brook Park.”
It also “recognizes the potential for economic development opportunities that may arise (in Brook Park) as a result of the state’s new medical marijuana laws.” Council wants to ensure, however, that any medical marijuana initiatives are “done safely and responsibly.”
Councilman Tom Troyer emphasized “there are people that can really use this.”
“This legislation complements the moratorium we already passed,” Troyer said. “It gives us a chance to come up with our own rules and regulations concerning this. It’s not recreational but for medical use.”
McCormick indicated in an e-mail to cleveland.com that council members will work with Mayor Tom Coyne to arrange public hearings. The intent is to gather feedback from the community, as well as from industry experts, pharmacists and physicians.
“The goal of holding the public meetings is … to determine how Brook Park will respond to the state’s legalization of medical marijuana,” the resolution indicates. “The council of the city of Brook Park supports the rights of residents to access medical care to alleviate pain and suffering from qualified medical conditions as determined by the state of Ohio and it new Medical Marijuana Committee.“