North Canton council barely advances marijuana dispensary ban bill – Canton Repository

NORTH CANTON − Supporters of banning marijuana dispensaries from the city, so far, appear to have barely enough votes to approve the measure.

After a debate, council voted 4-3 on Monday to advance legislation to a second reading prohibiting the establishment of any business from cultivating, processing or selling marijuana in North Canton.

Council President Matthew Stroia, at-large, and council members Melissa Owens, Ward 3; Jamie McCleaster, Ward 1; and Stephanie Werren, at-large voted yes. Council members Christina Weyrick, at-large; David Metheney, Ward 2; and John Orr, Ward 4, voted no.

Another vote on the measure is expected June 24. If council approves it again, it’s expected to have a final vote on July 8. Mayor Stephan Wilder strongly supports the ban and is expected to sign the bill into law, which would take effect 30 days after he signs it.

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