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Cape to follow state regs on medical marijuana dispensaries

By Staff | Apr 12, 2018

Medical marijuana dispensaries will not be prohibited in Cape Coral.

“The City of Cape Coral has no plans to ban medical marijuana dispensaries and will follow the guidance issued by the State of Florida,” a release from the city issued Thursday afternoon states. “The State determined that dispensaries will follow the land use and zoning regulations for pharmacies. “

City officials previously discussed the issue at workshop and no additional discussion is required as the city will follow state guidelines, city spokesperson Maureen Buice said via email.

Voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2, which legalized medical marijuana in the State of Florida in 2016. Subsequently, Senate Bill 8-A was passed during the 2017 Special Session of the Legislature.

The key provisions of the bill include:

* Regulation of cultivation, processing, and delivery of medical marijuana is preempted by the state;

* Dispensaries may not locate within 500 feet of a public or private elementary, middle, or secondary school;

* If a municipality does not ban dispensaries, no limits may be placed on the number of dispensaries that may locate in that community; and

* If dispensaries are allowed, regulations may not be more restrictive than pharmacies.

Source:?City of Cape Coral