GRANVILLE \u2014 The Granville Planning Commission will take up the debate on how to handle medical marijuana in town limits.\r\nGranville Town Council heard from its lawyer and a Mon Health official at this week\u2019s meeting, before deciding to send the issue on to the commission.\r\n\r\n\u201cWest Virginia Legislature passed the Medical Cannabis Act, which allows people with prescriptions to use marijuana,\u201d said Town Attorney Michael Solomon.\r\nUnder the Medical Cannabis Act, three types of organizations can operate to provide medical marijuana to the public: Growers, manufacturing facilities and dispensaries where it\u2019s sold, Solomon said.\r\n\u201cUnder West Virginia law, a municipality has the option to prohibit any of those organizations from operating within the town or limiting the number and location of those facilities,\u201d Solomon said.\r\nThe city of Morgantown determined a dispensary would be a retail establishment.\r\n\u201cI think it could either be a retail establishment or a pharmacy,\u201d Solomon said. \u201cBoth of those types of businesses are regulated as to location.\u201d\r\nPresident and CEO of Mon Health David Goldberg told council a little about how it\u2019s handled in Pennsylvania.\r\n\u201cComing from Pennsylvania, this has been significant,\u201d Goldberg said. \u201cThere are medical cases that the state would allow certain diagnoses to get a prescription to use medical marijuana.\r\n\u201cPennsylvania has 24 different conditions that would give you the ability for a doctor to prescribe, who has to have a certain amount of education, and then they could prescribe it and it\u2019s regulated.\u201d\r\nA pharmacy doesn\u2019t dispense the medical marijuana, it would only be through state-sanctioned locations, according to Goldberg.\r\nThe dispensaries would be limited to how close they can be to a daycare center, school or church, and that\u2019s taken care of by state law, Solomon said.\r\n\u201cAs a municipality, we have the right to prohibit it outright anywhere in the town or zone it,\u201d he said. \u201cIf we\u2019re not going to prohibit it outright, then it needs to be referred to the planning commission to make a recommendation to council as to where they\u2019re going to be allowed. The planning commission would also need to address whether we\u2019re going to limit the number of facilities that are located within the town.\u201d\r\nSolomon also told council it could impose other restrictions on locations\r\n\r\n\u201cI just think that out of respect for our community and our residents, personally, I don\u2019t think anything like that should be allowed down in this area,\u201d Granville Mayor Patricia Lewis said.\r\nCouncil member Gene-vieve Calvert disagreed, saying there are people who need it and why not provide a place to buy it?\r\nTweet @DominionPostWV. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.