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Medical marijuana continues to be topic of discussion at city council

| November 28, 2017

COSHOCTON – Medical marijuana was once again a topic of discussion at city council.

Mike Jansen, who regularly attends to express his concerns about the topic, was the first to speak.

“I’m just pleading that you place a hedge of protection around our community,” he said.

Jansen and Joe Sanders are hoping city council will reconsider being willing to welcome medical marijuana growing facilities or dispensaries. Sanders even presented them with an ordinance from a community in Colorado that they could adapt for Coshocton.

A gentleman from Newcomerstown even came to express his opposition to the topic. He shared that he had a 34-year-old son who was a peace officer in another Ohio community with drug problems. His son and two other officers answered a call about a man who was stoned in public and urinating in front of a bar. The three officers perused the man and fell in a ditch they didn’t see. The Newcomerstown man’s son came back home to the family farm to recuperate and slipped in the shower and hit his head in the same spot he injured during his accident and died. The main point he wanted to get across with his story is that no good comes from drugs.

A Cambridge Road resident, however, stepped up to the podium and shared that she has seen medical marijuana work wonders for her brother who dealt with pain management issues and doesn’t see the downside to having a growing facility in our community.

Mayor Steve Mercer shared that he is aware of two applications being made to the state for dispensaries in Coshocton County, but they were for areas outside of the city limits. He also said those are the only two applications that he is aware of being made for the region Coshocton County is in. Mercer also stated that they should be soon hearing about which applications for growing facilities were accepted by the state.

It also was announced at the meeting that the Monday, Dec. 25 city council meeting is being rescheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18.

Category: Government

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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