Dublin City Council voted unanimously June 12 to approve a moratorium on the cultivation, processing and dispensing of medical marijuana in Dublin.

The ban is in response to Ohio House Bill 523, which allows those with qualifying medical conditions to use medical marijuana for treatment.

Final rules for the bill must be completed by Sept. 8, and the program must be operational by Sept. 8, 2018.

Dublin officials said the moratorium was drafted because marijuana cultivation and sales still are illegal under federal law.

The moratorium wouldn't apply to a patient's ability to use medical marijuana or a physician's ability to prescribe it.

Other nearby municipalities have approved similar ordinances.

Upper Arlington in October passed a 12-month restriction on local cultivation, processing or dispensing of medical marijuana.

Also in October, New Albany approved a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana related business.

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