Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Temporarily Banned In Delray

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Staff report

Folks with prescriptions for medical marijuana will have to look outside of the city limits of Delray Beach to fill their order.

City commissioners agreed to pass a temporary ban on allowing medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in the city for the time being.

Commissioners agreed to revisit the subject if the state passes more rules allowing local government to better regulate the industry within the next year. State legislators instructed local governments to either ban dispensaries or treat them like pharmacies.

Beyond that, cities are left with little regulatory abilities meaning a dispensary could possibly open near a school.

While the vote was unanimous, it wasn’t during the first hearing on the proposed rule. Commissioners Jim Chard and Mitch Katz both supported allowing the dispensaries based on how the voters supported allowing medical marijuana. Voters passed a measure that allows people with debilitating illnesses access to medical marijuana.

But with a proposed year look back on the topic, both agreed to wait and see how other cities handle dispensaries that open. City attorney Max Lohman said the county and the cities of Lake Worth and Boynton Beach are not banning dispensaries from opening.

The city’s police and fire rescue departments supported the ban. Police Chief Jeff Goldman said adding another thing to the department’s plate would be tough.