Council ordinance prohibits dispensaries, grow operations

MOUNT VERNON — The city of Mount Vernon will not be the site of a medical marijuana dispensary or a grow operation.

City Council Monday, with a 6 to 1 vote, approved an ordinance prohibiting all medical marijuana activity including “cultivation, processing or the retail sale” in any zoning district of the city.

First Ward Councilman Sam Barone was the only vote against the measure and he was joined only by Susan Kahrl, at-large, on a motion to postpone the vote until the Sept. 11 meeting, by which time the state is expected to have completed compiling its regulations of medical marijuana sale.

Several people spoke in favor of the ban, including Police Chief Roger Monroe, County Prosecutor Chip McConville and city residents Dennis Swingle and Gary Kester.

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Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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