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ROANOKE - At its Monday night meeting, the board directed attorney Scott Brunton to create an ordinance prohibiting businesses to locate within the village limits that are related to selling cannabis products, producing cannabis edibles or topical products, growing the plants or transporting such products for recreational use.

New state legislation going into effect on Jan. 1 makes possession of small amounts of marijuana no longer a crime and allows municipalities to take action to allow or prohibit any or all legal cannabis related businesses to operate in the village limits. A discussion about regulating cannabis-related businesses began at the Aug. 5 meeting. Some board members indicated they had heard from residents since then and most were in favor of banning the businesses.

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While the village can regulate cannabis-related businesses, it cannot prohibit the use of recreational cannabis in residents’ home under the legislation. Brunton expects to have the ordinance ready for final action at the Sept. 3 meeting.

See article on Aug. 22 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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