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Medical marijuana zoning plans mulled in Cocoa Beach | News – Home

Justin Warmoth writes for Now that medical marijuana has cleared the last hurdle in Florida, voters will decide in November and could make Florida the 21st state to legalize medical cannabis.

According to a drafted ordinance written by the city’s attorney, marijuana dispensaries and clinics would be few and far between — tucked away from the city’s main drags and hidden from tourists.

“It’s better than not doing anything at all and waiting until something gets passed and then they start selling it out on the street corner,” said Bill Schmitt, a tourist visiting from Michigan.

Some of the rules include:
  • dispensaries must be 200 feet from the most populated roads (State Road A1A & 520, Ocean Beach Boulevard and Minutemen Causeway)
  • must be 1,000 feet away from churches or schools
  • must be 2,500 feet from any other operating clinic
  • “They should be able to set up where they want. I don’t think they should be restricted on where they can set up.” — Matt Holzem, Cocoa Beach resident
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