Commissioners mull over marijuana issue

RECOGNIZE CONSTITUTION WEEK–The Randolph County Commissioners signed a proclamation recognizing Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week. Pictured at the signing are: in front: Commissioners Ronnie White, David Holder and Marc Kiehna; in back: Liberty Bell of the West Chapter, NSDAR members Emily Lyons, Jo Levery, Marcia Ellison and Andrea Costilow.

A proclamation for Constitution Week and the future of legalized marijuana were discussed at the Sept. 6 Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting.

For the proclamation, representing the Liberty Bell of the West Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was Emily Lyons. She presented the proclamation, asking the commissioners to recognize the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

The choice of starting the week on Sept. 17 is significant, as this year on that day it will be the 231st anniversary of the drafting of the United States Constitution.

Lyons shared with the commissioners a poster designed by a DAR member for the week.

She also highlighted work that the group does, which ranges from education and preservation to supporting military and veterans.

As for the topic of marijuana, it was brought up when Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout was giving her report.

Commissioner Marc Kiehna noted that the commissioners will have a tough decision to make about whether or not the county will opt out on allowing marijuana sales once recreational marijuana becomes legal in the state on Jan. 1, 2020.

For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.