City Council zoning ordinance blocks medical marijuana businesses in most of Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – City Council voted Monday to approve new zoning requirements that will prevent sale of medical marijuana in about 95 percent of the city. 

The legislation, approved 15-1, limits the location of marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, production and refining facilities and research sites. 

The balancing act council members are trying to perform is to tightly regulate the businesses without driving them out to the suburbs.  

If that happens, the city would be cut out of potentially thousands of dollars in tax revenues from the new industry and some residents who will use medical marijuana would be denied access to the medical more at