By Corey [email protected]
CAMDEN — Amidst mounting opposition and political strife on a proposed medical marijuana facilities ordinance, the Camden Village Council took no action on the issue Thursday night after a public hearing and open discussion with members of the community.
While some argued that allowing medical marijuana facilities to take root in Camden would help to bring additional businesses to the village and provide another source of revenue others argued that it would be difficult to enforce any ordinance on the facilities, if passed, because the village does not currently have a code enforcement officer.
Setting aside personal feelings on the subject, Village President Bryan Arno insisted that the council had been discussing the proposed ordinance since February and that popular support for the idea was present throughout.
However, Nathan VanAken, a former councilman, argued that the village should table any discussion, stating “you do not have all your ducks in a row.”
VanAken was referencing the issue of code enforcement, which has long plagued the village with growing issues of blight in the community.
“As a group, we’re just trying to do what is best for the community,” Arno added. “It has been a challenge trying to get this put together.”
Some members of the community expressed concern with the lack of zoning in the village and wondered if a marijuana facility was going to be able to set up shop next door to their residences. Others, who are in support of the ordinance, contended that current state law dictates a grow operation would have to be within the confides of the industrial area or on agricultural land.
The proposed ordinance, according to Arno, would allow up to six grow operations, six processing facilities, six safety and compliance facilities, six transport services and up to four dispensaries