The Vandalia City Council took steps this week to ban selling, processing or cultivating medical marijuana in the city.
The new ordinance, approved on first reading, will replace a 270-day moratorium that was passed in August.
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The moratorium was intended to give City Council an opportunity to research the issue and weigh the pros and cons of permitting such uses in the city limits.
The ordinance will not prohibit the legal personal use or legal possession of medical marijuana by individuals within the city.
The ordinance came after the Vandalia Planning Commission voted 4-1 to recommend its approval.
Other local communities have approved moratoriums or bans as the state prepares its rules regarding medical marijuana.
The ban will be up for a second and final vote at Vandalia City Council’s next regular meeting on Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 333 James E. Bohanan Drive.