Lakewood & other Ohio cities block medical marijuana business licenses months before any will be awarded

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s medical marijuana law is a month away from taking effect and awarding marijuana business licenses is even further down the road, but Lakewood and other communities across the state are already making moves to block marijuana businesses from starting in their communities.
A handful of Ohio cities have put a six-month moratorium on licensing marijuana cultivators, processors and retailers. Several others are considering similar temporary bans ahead of the new law, which takes effect Sept. 8.

But it’s not likely that any marijuana businesses will be licensed in Ohio in the next six months. The new law tasks three government agencies with setting up the regulations and licensing processes, and the first deadline is in May 2017.

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