Delta Village Council Approves 2nd Reading of Marijuana Ban, Opts Out of New State Fireworks Law
The Second Reading of Ordinance 22-09, Prohibiting the cultivation of marijuana; processing of medical marijuana; marijuana wholesalers; marijuana retailers; and “medical retail marijuana dispensaries” in the Village of Delta, Fulton County, Ohio, was approved by the Delta Village Council last night by a vote of 3-2.
Language in the ordinance referred to the legal right of the Village to prohibit marijuana-related activities despite it being legal in the State of Ohio and stated, “The Council for the Village of Delta has reviewed the pros and cons of allowing these activities and finds it would be in the best interest of the Village of Delta and its inhabitants to prohibit such activities.”
The one vote margin was the same as the approval margin on the First Reading of the ordinance. However, three weeks ago, when the Council vote was 3-3, Mayor Frank Wilton was obligated to cast the deciding vote. On this night, Councilman Chad Johnson, who had voted against the ban, was absent from the proceedings. The remaining Council members did not change their vote from the previous meeting with Lynn Frank, Mike Tanner and Art Thomas voting for the ban while Ashley Todd and Tony Dawson voted against.
Prior to the vote, Delta resident Jennifer Barnes addressed the Council, imploring them to adhere to the results of the advisory issue on the May 3rd election ballot. Ms. Barnes cited the 62.6% of Delta voters who were against having any type of marijuana-related facility within the Village limits as a clear validation of a marijuana ban approval.
A Third and Final Reading with a subsequent vote Council vote will be taken at the next regularly scheduled meeting on July 11, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
In other legislative news, the Council voted 5-0 to opt out of Ohio House Bill 172 which allows any person authorized to possess consumer grade fireworks to discharge, ignite or explode fireworks on their property, or if permitted, on another person’s property on certain designated days of the year.
The Council approved Emergency Ordinance 22-11, opting out of H.B.172 and reaffirming the ban on discharging, igniting or exploding fireworks in the Village of Delta. The ordinance further stated, “The Council for the Village of Delta has reviewed the pros and cons of allowing these activities and finds that it would be in the best interest of the Village and its inhabitants to opt out of H.B. 172 and continue to prohibit such activities.” The ordinance was passed as an emergency measure so it would be in effect prior to the July 4th holiday.
Pictured: Delta resident Jennifer Barnes addresses Council