Medical marijuana focus of Beavercreek event featuring state, local leaders



State lawmakers will join other local and state officials at a symposium called “Medical Marijuana and the Impacts to the City,” to be hosted by the city of Beavercreek.

The free, two-hour event is open to the public and set to happen from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Lofino Center, 3868 Dayton Xenia Road, according to a release from the city.

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Beavercreek City Manager Pete Landrum will provide an update on the status of applications filed with the state for a medical marijuana business in the city, as well as provide information about zoning limitations and the city’s moratorium on medical marijuana that is set to expire in June, according to the release.

Topics to be covered include details of Ohio’s medical marijuana legislation and key issues that could affect businesses, workers, families and children, according to the release.

Medical marijuana is expected to be available throughout the state by September, and state officials are currently determining who will sell the products and where those dispensaries will be.

Those pending applications include three medical marijuana companies that have applied to the state to operate dispensaries at four proposed locations in Beavercreek. Because of restrictions in place under Ohio law, only one dispensary location can be approved for the region of Greene, Fayette and Madison counties.

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“Residents want to further understand potential risks, problems and impact when medical marijuana is made available in our community,” the city’s release states. “Beavercreek City Council members became involved to pull together experts so that the residents can be better informed about the impact of medical marijuana on our community.”

Officials scheduled to speak include:

State Rep. Rick Perales (R-73rd District);

State Sen. Bob Hackett (R-London);

Tony Coder, of the Ohio Association of Community Behavioral Health Authorities and Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee member;

Gary Moore, CEO of Pelican Technologies, a software developer that uses RFID tags to track individual marijuana plants;

Karen Pierce, managing director of Policy Development & Training in Columbus;

Tim Callahan, director of Mental Health Services for Greene County Educational Service Center.

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