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New Baltimore to Revisit Medical Marijuana Moratorium

City Council and Planning Commission officials are working on an ordinance pertaining to medical pot growth.

As New Baltimore officials mull over a medical marijuana ordinance, City Council will decide Monday whether to extend a cultivating moratorium.

Revisiting the issue will take place when the previous moratorium expires Oct. 1. Council will likely determine whether to extend it for another six months. While industrial cultivation will be permitted under the working ordinance, planning and council officials are still debating residential growth in the city, Clerk Marcia Shinska said.

Although well-known medical marijuana dispensary Big Daddy's Hydroponics, formerly of Chesterfield, told Patch it aims open next to the police station Green Street in New Baltimore, the city is unable to address its plans until an official ordinance is in place, according to the community officials.

That document is also necessary for police to maintain public safety, Police Chief Tim Wiley said.

"There's just too much ambiguity right now to enforce," Wiley said of the Medical Marihuana Act.

He added that any establishment in the city would be regulated the same, regardless of its location.

"In terms of proximity to the police station, I don't think that matters much one way or the other," he said of Big Daddy's plans.

The council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in City Hall.

Biscuit Shredder September 24, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Keep this crap out of our area
Sammy V. September 25, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Tax it. Tax it. Tax it. The whole prohibition is a sham and it won't much longer. New Baltimore will LOSE the ability to TAX medical marijuana business after the Feds reschedule pot. Prescription meds are not taxable and neither will a Schedule 2 cannabis plant. Get them to sign a long term tax agreement. And do it asap before pot goes the way of tax free Vicodin.
Lilly October 24, 2012 at 08:49 PM
UNTILL you are in pain or need this INSTEAD of the killer Dr meds then you have no idea what you are talking about.

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