The St. Lucie County Commission is working on an ordinance governing the location of medical marijuana dispensaries in the county.(Photo: FILE PHOTO)
ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The Planning and Zoning Board on Thursday recommended the County Commission approve a law governing the placement of medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas.
The proposed regulations would limit dispensaries to commercial general, light-industrial and planned-nonresidential zoning districts. Dispensaries also would be prohibited within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and childcare facilities and must be at least 1 mile from other dispensaries, according to county records. The hours of operations would be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
The rules would not address cultivation and processing of medical marijuana, which would be in another ordinance, officials said.
The County Commission is scheduled to vote on the ordinance at 6 p.m. April 4, said Leslie Olson, planning and development services director.
If the regulations are adopted, they would end the county’s need for a four-month moratorium on dispensary applications. The moratorium was put in place March 7.
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