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Weathersfield Township bans medicinal marijuana businesses

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WEATHERSFIELD TWP., Ohio -

A Trumbull County community has banned the medical marijuana industry in their community.

On Tuesday, trustees in Weathersfield passed a resolution prohibiting the growth, processing or selling of the drug in their township.

It's believed to be the first ban of its kind the Mahoning Valley.

While the use of medical marijuana won't be legal until September, it could take up to two years to complete the groundwork that has to be laid before the first patient can legally receive the drug for medicinal use, according to Ohio lawmakers.

"I think there's uncertainty. I mean number one this community did not support the legalization of marijuana," said Weathersfield Township Trustee Gil Blair. "We tend to be a fairly conservative community and our constituents tend to be fairly conservative. There's a lot of reluctance, a lot of uncertainty as to how this is all going to run, how this is all going to work and they wanted to act on it early."

What we do know is that more than 20 medical conditions will qualify for medicinal marijuana use. And the law bans the "smoked" form of the drug and any home-grown supplies.

But Weathersfield Trustees still question if this type of business would attract the wrong type of customers.

Steven Gerberry is also a Weathersfield Township Trustee, "Who would be there, the types of people, their hours, all that stuff, and just the major uncertainty of the whole thing."

And while other valley communities we spoke with say they don't know enough about the law to consider a ban, State Senator Joe Schiavoni tells 21 News, the law does have a provision that allows communities to prohibit or limit the number of cultivators, processors or retail distributors in their community.

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