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Milford Township approves medical marijuana ordinance

MILFORD TWP., Pa. - Milford Township has become the latest municipality in the state to approve the change in its zoning ordinance that regulates the growing and dispensing of marijuana for medical purposes.

The small upper Bucks County municipality joins the growing list of others across the state after the board of supervisors unanimously voted to adopt the measure during the Tuesday’s meeting.

Under the strict guidelines outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, those wishing to establish a growing or a dispensary business would have operate within a 1,000 feet of residential areas and away from places of worship, schools and daycare facilities.

In addition, a growing facility could not operate a dispensary within the same premises.Township officials said they require all businesses that deal with marijuana to have stringent security measures in place.

The revised ordinance allows state-regulated growers to have their businesses established in the Planned Industrial Zone, along the stretch of Route 663.

Any dispensary facility is permitted only in the Arterial Overlay District, a site of the proposed “Milord Village,” a proposed mix-use land that sits along Route 663, and between Portzer and Mill Hill roads.

Chairman Robert Mansfield said no formal requests for permits seeking to establish any facility have yet come in.

In a recent update on the state medical marijuana program implementation, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy reported that the department has received 258 license applications across the state.

The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf in April last year.

In other business, representatives from the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported that they have successfully live-trapped three beavers that had recently created havoc for residents living at 1600 block of Fennel Road.

Last month, a resident complained to township supervisors that her property was in danger of flooding after beavers were spotted busy at work building damns in the wetlands, only several yards away from her back porch.

In order to deal with the growing problem, the township installed “beaver deceivers,” a series of metal cages that trick the pesky Castoridae and at the same time protect the water flow from being clogged. But the beavers even outsmarted the “deceivers.”

“There was so much beaver activity, we knew what they were doing. I decided that we needed to act now,” said Shawna Burkett, a wildlife conservation officer. “It’s very difficult to trap beavers outside of the season because they’re out there doing their thing, they’re not really interested in traps that you might be setting.”

Burkett said that game commission officers successfully trapped the beavers in mid May and transported them to state game lands in Lebanon County. 

Additionally, four tiny kits were recovered from the beaver lodge and taken to a local wildlife rehabilitation center.

“Just because of the fact that there are beaver kits, we don’t want to be disturbing the natural progression of things,” Burkett said.

“If we can get a trapper in there year after year to keep the population down then one or two beavers will be ok, but you can’t have a colony living there in that particular area,” she said.

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