Ontario council will vote on six-month medical marijuana ban in June

2015 photo taken at a medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento, Ca.(Photo: AP file photo)

ONTARIO – Ontario City Council will vote in June on a proposed six-month ban on the cultivation and dispensing of medical marijuana in the city.

The bill received its second reading at Wednesday’s council meeting. Council members will vote on the legislation at its Wednesday, June 6, meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Ontario Municipal Building, 555 N. Stumbo Road. Public comment will be accepted during the meeting.

Ontario officials are considering a six-month moratorium, or ban, after a previous one enacted in June 2017 expired Dec. 21. 

Second-ward councilwoman Michele Webb has previously shared her viewpoints on medical marijuana, saying her opinion changed after spending 22 years in law enforcement and battling cancer.

“The difference that I look at it is it’s no different than any other prescription medication. If we called it something other than medical marijuana, then no one would be having this heartburn with it,” said Webb, who was a captain with the Mansfield Police Department.

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Ohio legalized medical marijuana in September 2016 to allow people with some medical conditions to purchase and use the drug with the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician. Ontario has no existing laws on the books related to the legal use of medical marijuana. 

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Around Richland County, Madison Township trustees in April voted to prohibit the cultivation, processing and retail distribution of medical marijuana anywhere in the

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