Boynton considers short-term ban on medical marijuana businesses – Palm Beach Post (blog)

(Palm Beach Post)

By Alex Seltzer

(Palm Beach Post)

It could soon be legal for medical marijuana businesses to open up across the state, but it might not be so easy in Boynton Beach.

City officials are thinking of temporarily banning the businesses if Amendment 2 passes in the November election.

The City Commission is expected to vote Tuesday night on authorizing a “notice of intent” of a moratorium on any business that would produce or distribute medical marijuana.

If the commission approves the move, they’d have to hold a public hearing Oct. 21 where residents can discuss the proposed action.

The reason for the moratorium, according to city documents, is so city staff can do a study on regulations and “the avoidance of unforeseen impacts.”

“The proposed Notice of Intent will operate as a moratorium on the establishment of any business producing or distributing medical marijuana until such time as staff’s study is completed and the City’s Land Development Regulations and other regulatory controls are finalized,” city documents say.

According to the documents, the ban could be for one year.

Read the Post’s Q & A on the medical marijuana amendment: Medical marijuana: Questions, answers on what we know so far

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