DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Xenia has joined a list of cities in the Miami Valley implementing a moratorium for marijuana businesses.
The city council met on Thursday, Dec. 14 to vote on a one-year moratorium for distribution, cultivation and processing of cannabis for recreational use. This includes adult-use dispensaries.
The council passed the moratorium with a unanimous vote.
“This is just to allow staff enough time to study and receive guidance from the state, and then have enough time to think through and develop proper regulations and take all of the considerations into account,” said Brian Forschner, Xenia city planner.
Like all other cities that passed a similar moratorium, concerns about changes from the State has been the main focus for the legislation.
“We are really just trying to wait and see what the state comes out with in the General Assembly as far as regulations before we make any decisions,” said Xenia law director Donnette Fisher.
The proposal was first introduced by Mayor Sarah Mays on Nov. 21, two weeks after Issue 2 passed. Now that it’s passed, the moratorium will go into effect immediately for one year.