Florida continues to make forward progress on implementation of Amendment Two (medical marijuana) with additional licenses and dispensaries being approved or opened around the state.
Three new licenses are being added in Florida.
The following municipalities in Florida are moving forward with medical marijuana dispensaries:
- New Port Richey, located north of Tampa;
- Orange Park, located southwest of Jacksonville;
Those municipalities going with moratoriums are listed below:
- Green Cove Springs, located southwest of Jacksonville;
- Gulfbreeze, located near Pensacola;
- St. Augustine Beach;
- Lauderdale by the Sea; located near Ft. Lauderdale;
- Royal Palm Beach; located in Palm Beach County;
- Sea Ranch Lakes; located in Broward County;
- Southwest Ranches; also located in Broward County.
Municipalities trying to work around the all or nothing requirement set forth in Florida’s medical marijuana law are listed below. Some municipalities are rewriting their zoning ordinances for pharmacies since municipalities must regulate and zone medical marijuana dispensaries as they do for pharmacies.
- Wilton Manors, located north of Fort Lauderdale.
- The Florida Board of Medicine is also working on regulations that will guide discipline for doctors that improperly prescribe medical marijuana.
- In the education world, school boards are working on creating policies for children to take medical marijuana during school hours if prescribed in that fashion.
- There is a question whether someone taking lawful medical marijuana can also be sold a firearm (since marijuana is still illegal under Federal law)
Dori K. Stibolt is a West Palm Beach, Florida based partner with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. She focuses her practice on litigation and labor and employment issues. You can contact Dori at 561-804-4417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.