Pataskala mayor objects to potential pot farm in Licking County

LICKING COUNTY (WCMH) — In a field north of East Broad Street that today grows soybeans, marijuana may become the new cash crop.

It’s 35 and a quarter acres in the Licking County country. It is one of ten fields that could become pot farms if Ohio voters pass the legalize marijuana law in November.

“That grow will be a medical marijuana grow facility,” said Ian James with ResponsibleOhio. “It’s going to provide medical marijuana for the chronically ill.”

“It’s been pretty adamant that we’re not going to support them in anyway,” said Pataskala Mayor Mike Compton.

But the city of Pataskala asks: How can we be sure? How do we know it won’t be used for recreational use in the future, and what about security? This will be an indoor grow farm.

But in the end, it comes back to the basic question if marijuana should be legal in the first place?

“This is not good for the city, it’s not good for young folks and we don’t need it or want it here,” said Compton. “So it’s going to be a very hard sell an event comes here it’s going to be shoved down our throats we’re going to fight every inch of the way.”

“Look,” said James. “Prohibition has failed. We have surrendered our streets to drug dealers. Drug dealers don’t create jobs they don’t pay taxes and they don’t card kids to know if they’re 21. Because for them it’s about cash not conscience. This is a regulated system that we’re going to put into place. We’re going to end a fail probation with a yes on our three vote.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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