Despite a heavy push from Mayor Steven Grant to temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment centers, the Boynton Beach commission Monday decided not to do so, and instead will discuss at their next meeting potential rules governing where these businesses will be allowed to open.
Grant said the temporary ban would give the city time to see what the “unknown” is once state legislators come up with their rules now that voters in November supported the use of medical marijuana. He said the moratorium would last about three or four months after state regulations are created.
Commissioners Justin Katz and Joe Casello said that’s too long. Casello said a proactive take on this issue is “vital.”
“Waiting to see what the legislature does seems to be a poor choice,” Casello said. “This is a medicine that people need.”
He said any regulations the city puts in place now could always be amended later if need be.
Once it was clear the moratorium wasn’t going to pass, Grant voiced some of the restrictions he wants to create: Businesses to be at least 1,000 feet away from a school, and they can’t be on main roads. The commission will discuss what city ordinance should say at the March 21 public meeting.
Boynton Beach’s attorney, Jim Cherof, said some municipalities such as Royal Palm Beach, Parkland, Wilton Manors and Winter Park have already created rules for the dispensaries. And a report from the Florida Association of Counties, which has been tracking county action on marijuana, said more than a dozen counties have already put some regulations in place.