Anti-pot law passes 2nd reading

Bellefontaine continues on a path to prohibit the cultivation, processing and sales of medical marijuana.

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At Tuesday’s regular meeting, City Council members approved, 5-2, a second reading of an ordinance establishing the prohibitions.

The measure will be adopted if it passes a third reading on March 26.

Local marijuana advocate Jack Haven again asked council members to reconsider and join councilmen Allen Hadley and Peter DeSomma to reject the ordinance.

He believes allowing dispensaries would benefit residents who suffer from chronic pain.

“It seems as if the wants of a few people outweigh the needs of so many who need it now or are going to need it in the future,” he said.

Mike Ward, a mental health professional who works in the state penal system, and Natasha Kennedy, a magistrate in the Logan County Common Pleas Court, both praised the council for taking action to ban medical marijuana.

“Medical marijuana is still very new,” Kennedy said. “It is best to see how things progress in other counties to see how it might affect our community.”

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