Louisville Council Bans Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Louisville City Council Monday meeting

KEY ACTION Agreed to ban medical marijuana dispensaries from the city.

DISCUSSION Council cited findings that the dispensaries are public nuisances that may attract criminal conduct, increase noise, and attract individuals and groups engaged in criminal activity. Council also cited the dispensaries as being inconsistent with federal law. The first degree violation carries a $1,000 fine.

Smoking medical marijuana in a public area that prohibits smoking carries a $150 fine as a minor misdemeanor.

The measure receiver a vote of 3-2 with members Cheryle Casar and Bill Flory voting against.


  • Approved a resolution to urge state legislators to vote down a budget proposal to have the state collect local government taxes, withhold a portion for the service and distribute a lesser amount to the city than would be due from those paying directly to the city.
  • Gave final approval to ban feeding the waterfowl in Constitution Park due to the mess left by the geese.
  • Authorized the city manager to enter into contracts for installation of final clarifiers at the wasterwater treatment plant at a cost of $3.5 million. Two million will be paid by the Ohio Public Works Commission as an interest-free loan to be repaid over 30 years.
  • Adjourned to an executive session on a potential contract. No action followed.

UP NEXT Meets at 6 p.m. March 20, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. at Constitution Center 1022 W. Main St.

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