A Lake Worth charter school has gone into high alert after learning a dispensary for medical marijuana is planning to move across the street.
The principal of Academy for Positive Learning told parents at a meeting Thursday night about their new neighbor, which is scheduled to arrive in late September.
The dispensary is operated by Miami-based Modern Health Concepts and is one of two opening soon in Lake Worth — the first two to open in Palm Beach County since voters approved a constitutional amendment in November legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.
The K-8 school, with 135 students, is at the northeast corner of North Dixie Highway and 14th Avenue; the dispensary is in a small retail complex on the southwest corner, less than 200 feet away.
Principal Renatta Espinoza said she’s not concerned about patients who go to the pharmacy for medical marijuana, but about others who may linger nearby.
“They’re going to attract other people who don’t have a medical need asking to buy marijuana from the clientele,” she said.
The news shocked Lea Brittain, whose son, John, is a sixth grader at the school.
“I think this will lead to people illegally selling it outside,” she said. “I understand it’s become legal in the state and it’s been passed, but i think there should be restrictions as to how close they should be to schools.”
A medical marijuana regulation law signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June does prohibit dispensaries from opening less than 500 feet from a school, unless a city overrules it after a public meeting. However, the city approved the dispensary across from the school before that law went into effect, City Manager MIchael Bornstein said.
A second dispensary is scheduled to open on South Dixie Highway near City Hall. Lake Worth has