CASSELBERRY, Fla. —
Medical marijuana isn’t even legal yet in Florida, but already some central Florida cities are considering an outright ban on prescription pot businesses.
Planning and zoning board members in Casselberry unanimously passed a medical marijuana moratorium to keep the business out, at least temporarily.
City leaders say there are just too many unknowns about Amendment 2 to put a zoning ordinance in place right now.
That’s because if voters approve the use of medical marijuana, the legislature will then put restrictions on how it’s used.
City leaders discussed the need to wait and see what the state decides before putting any zoning ordinances — or a permanent ban — in place.
It’s a city that’s long tried to clean up its image, away from gaming and adult entertainment.
“We don’t want to rush an ordinance and have it deemed a permitted use in one of our districts without thorough research,” said city Chad Lingenfelter, development services manager.
The city’s weighing a 9-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities, an outright banning of the business long enough to see what restrictions the state legislature will enact if voters pass the law.
“Polls say it will, but if this passes we will work with our county and neighboring jurisdictions so we make sure there’s a consistent location,” Lingenfelter said.
Nearly a dozen central Florida cities and counties are considering or have already passed zoning ordinances relegating prescription pot to industrial and commercial areas.
But recently, four cities have considered temporary bans.
Titusville has already passed a moratorium, and Lake Mary and Eustis will vote in the next month.
“No, I think once it’s passed, go ahead and get it done,” said resident James Aquino.
When Channel 9’s Karla Ray asked Aquino if he thought a moratorium was …read more