Jacksonville Beach will not ban marijuana dispensaries

The City Council voted on Monday to not ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- The Jacksonville city council voted not to ban medical marijuana dispensaries after nearly a year of weighing the pros and cons of the issue. But, that doesn't mean one will open anytime soon. 

That’s because Mayor Charlie Latham, and other council members, have concerns over where the state says the dispensaries can be located. Right now, state law says cannabis stores can be anywhere a traditional pharmacy is located… that means, close to homes.

Latham says he’s not against medical marijuana he just doesn’t like that the state is not giving local governments the right to decide where the dispensaries will go.

Some are also worried that dispensaries will begin to pop up on every corner.

The city also voted on a six-month moratorium to look over the zoning issue, but the vote ended in a tie. Latham says the city will now have to go back to the drawing board and vote on how to move forward with the process. That vote is expected sometime next month.

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