TROY — Troy City Council fielded various opinions regarding the city’s ordinance regulating medicinal marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday.
The public hearing yielded several comments both for and against the distribution of medicinal marijuana. The law and ordinance committee will revisit the issue at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at City Hall to make a recommendation to council. The committee meeting is open to the public.
On Dec. 14, the Troy Planning Commission voted to recommend to city council a citywide ban on cultivators and processors of medical marijuana and allow a maximum of three medical marijuana retail dispensaries in the B-4 Highway Service Business District only. The ordinance amends the city’s zoning code. The Planning Commission had recommended up to five dispensaries, which council amended to three, and was then defeated.
Troy residents Aimee Shannon, Mary Watson, Debra Duncanson, and Lester Conard spoke in favor of the amended ordinance.
Shannon said she feels there is a lack of understanding and education about medical marijuana.
“This isn’t about getting high. This about medication,” Shannon said. “This argument to me isn’t just about medical marijuana. It’s about people who are will have reasonable access to care. It’s about seeing and knowing being one of those people.”
Shannon said her personal research has led her to believe medical marijuana could assist her in her medical issues, but access could be limited by council’s actions.
“There is no reason I should have to drive to another town to access a legal option. It’s about standing up for my right to access the legal option. It’s about time for city council to care about all the people in the city of Troy, including those who are sick,” said Shannon in closing.
Troy residents Roger Griffieth and Michael Hamer, and Ludlow Falls resident Tom Fitch spoke against the amended ordinance.
Hamer told council he moved to Troy from Orange County, Calif. two years ago and shared his experience in regards to medical marijuana dispensaries, suggesting one would be enough to suffice the residents of Troy.
“One is a good start,” Hamer shared. “Walk before you run. One is plenty.”