The Orlando City Council is hoping to pass an ordinance prohibiting all new medical marijuana dispensaries. A recent state law on medical marijuana (Senate Bill 8-A) restricts local governments’ abilities to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.
The city believes the law (Senate Bill 8-A) doesn’t regulate these businesses enough. It does specify that a minimum of 500-feet must separate such places from schools. Orlando already had a 1000-foot rule in place before the law passed.
The city says they are supportive of medical marijuana dispensaries, but no longer believe they can regulate such places now that this bill has been passed. The bill puts no caps on the number of dispensaries that can be in business within a specific area.
The Senate Bill 8-A does allow for local governments to prohibit new dispensaries from forming in the area. The city hopes to use this part of the law to prohibit any more businesses in operation. Dispensaries already in operation will possibly by grandfathered in and allowed to continue business as usual.
Ordinance 2017-46 restricts a particular use, so therefore two hearings are needed for approval. The ordinance was approved on the first reading. The second reading will be heard at the next city council meeting on July 24th.
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