New Albany City Council could ban medical-marijuana businesses in the city.

Council members are considering an ordinance that would prohibit the cultivation, processing and retail dispensing of medical marijuana in any zoning district within the city.

The ordinance will go to the city planning commission for review Nov. 20.

City Council could vote on it Nov. 28.

The primary reason for the ban is that marijuana is illegal under federal law, said city attorney Mitch Banchefsky.

Although the federal government has previously ignored enforcing law in states in which medical and recreational marijuana are legal, this doesn't prohibit the government from deciding to enforce the law at a later date, he said.

The city is not, however, permitted to ban research and testing of medical marijuana by laboratories, Banchefsky said.

City Council on Oct. 4, 2016, approved a six-month moratorium on granting city permits for medical-marijuana-related businesses.

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