The township’s medical marijuana law will be discussed Monday by the Green Township Committee but only during the committee’s executive session, which is closed to the public.
The public, which maintains concerns that a medical marijuana cultivator could end up at Trinca Airport and within a Drug Free School Zone, can speak about the topic during the meeting’s public comment period. However, Green Township’s Clerk/Administrator Mark Zschack said Friday that Green’s medical marijuana ordinance amendment is not on the committee’s agenda for a public hearing Monday. Zschack said the Township Committee may add the ordinance to the Feb. 19 meeting agenda for another public hearing.
The ordinance has come under fire since it was originally passed on July 15 to revise the agricultural-industrial AI-10 zone’s regulations, permitting medical marijuana cultivation in a zone stretching from Brighton Road to past Creek Road and cutting through Airport and Whitehall roads. Trinca Airport, slated to close Sept. 1, is within that zone, sparking concerns from residents that a medical marijuana cultivator could end up on that property.
At a standing-room-only public hearing to revise the township’s medical marijuana ordinance and tighten its language on Jan. 20, the Township Committee voted 3-1 to table the action and said it would be up for discussion again Monday. At the hearing, questions were raised about a number of topics, including if permitting a cultivator at the Trinca Airport site would violate the Drug Free School Zone law. Audience members at that meeting argued that the Trinca property in the zone is near a school bus stop and route, which is encompassed into the Drug Free School Zone law.