Leoni Township board OKs medical marijuana moratorium

Michigan City, Mich. (WSYM) - Heated debates are warming up in Leoni Township over a medical marihuana ordinance.

Tuesday night the Leoni Township Board of Trustees agreed to place a medical marijuana moratorium shutting down licenses on agricultural land for six months.

Some residents they still have concerns about grow facilities springing up near residential areas, the stench from the plants and the possible depletion of well water.

While others say medical marijuana has both health and financial benefits.

Township Supervisor Howard Linnabarry says right now they have 54 approved applications for licenses but the state has the final say on which businesses can set up shop.

Township officials say the moratorium will go into effect Wednesday, May 2nd.

Leoni Township officials say the moratorium will not affect license applications that have already been approved.