Board members concluded it was time to settle the matter, at least for now.
Paula Wethington Monroe News staff reporter MonroeNewsPaula
BEDFORD TOWNSHIP — Bedford Township will not allow medical marijuana facilities within its borders.
The township board voted 6-0 Tuesday night to opt out of permitting facilities in the community. Clerk Trudy Hershberger was absent due to illness.
Trustee R. LaMar Frederick called for the opt-out decision.
“A marijuana facility should not operate in Bedford, that’s my motion,” he said.
“I think the proper thing to do would be to opt out at this time,” Treasurer Paul Francis added.
The board was planning to vote on the issue in March but decided to do so Tuesday instead.
This has been an ongoing discussion since a 2016 series of state laws expanded the types of medical marijuana facilities that are permitted. A state licensing system is now in effect.
Municipalities can opt in by allowing such businesses in their jurisdictions, opt out by voting not to allow them, or take a wait and see approach. That’s why this has been a topic at council and board meetings across Monroe County in recent months.
But under “wait and see,” Bedford Township officials have been flooded with phone calls and emails from interested parties who hoped to sway a decision one way or another.
Board members concluded it was time to settle the matter, at least for now. Should federal and/or state laws update, they may revisit the matter.
“I’m not against medical marijuana,” Supervisor Paul Pirrone said, explaining that he has spoken to people who use it for that purpose.
He added the township hosted a discussion on the topic as part of its Town Hall series, sought input from a variety of perspectives. More than 100 pages of reference articles