By LorettaRodgers

W-MedpotAston commissioners will hold a special meeting 7 P.M., Thursday at the municipal building on Pennell Road to consider a conditional use application submitted by Medgarden LLC, a marijuana growing and wholesale distribution facility.

This meeting is open to the public.

The application came within a week of commissioners appproving an ordinance regulating such facilities in the township.

Principal stipulations of the ordinance state that a facility may only be located in the Limited Industrial (LI) district, be at least 1,000 feet from a school or day care center, and be in a fully enclosed and secure structure not accessible to minors.

In addition, there can be no visual exterior evidence of any medical marijuana growing facility.

The ordinance also states that indoor medical marijuana growing activity may include harvesting marijuana plants and the drying of flowers, but shall not include extraction procedures to produce concentrated THC, except as may be authorized under the Medical Marijuana Act for holders of permits.

Medical marijuana is not to be confused with the canabis that is smoked, but rather is prescrible by a physician in the form of pills, oils, creams and a nebulizer to provide relief to individuals with a host of problems including but not limited to cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Parkinsons Disease, ALS, and seizures.

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