The Miami Springs City Council has voted 5-0 to expand its moratorium on cannabis dispensaries after state lawmakers’ plans last week to think of rules went up in smoke.
The Compassionate Care Act of 2014 signed into law last July by Florida Gov. Rick Scott let the establishment of bud dispensing facilities within the state. Miami Springs approved a six-month moratorium on the issuance of cannabis dispensary building and zoning permits last October, awaiting legislative clarification by state leaders.
“ That the moratorium.”
“The City Council further considered the State of Florida would have duly passed and adopted enabling regulations and legislation for the sale of cannabis,” the ordinance expansion states.
Before addressing places where medical marijuana facilities may be put, Miami Springs continues to be waiting for state leaders to establish rules.
Thus far, two businesses have expressed interest in selling medical cannabis in Miami Springs, based on City Manager William Alonso.
The first South Florida retail medical marijuana dispensary opened merely a few blocks from the Miami Springs’ city limits last April. Trulieve, one of seven cultivators licensed to raise and distribute marijuana in the state, opened its doors
Meanwhile, while Miami Springs waits for executing the medical marijuana change for state rules, pot smokers in the town can breathe a sigh of relief — they will likely be treated the same manner as those who trash and loiter.
Anyone possessing up to 20 grams of cannabis in Miami Springs, in accordance with an ordinance passed in October 2016, faces a civil citation as well as a $100 fine.