Miami Approves Its First Medical Cannabis Dispensary – Ganjapreneur

In a 3-2 vote, Miami officials have voted to license the city’s first medical cannabis dispensary, NBC 6 reports.

The commissioners’ approval of the medical dispensary comes six years after Florida voters passed the reforms. The license was granted to MRC-44, a dispensary that had sued the city over its failure to license any dispensaries until a judge ruled that since Miami had not specifically banned dispensaries, they had to allow such businesses, according to the report.

“This is a really big move for the patients that need to get their medicine and it’s a big move for the cannabis industry,” Jason Erkes, of Sunnyside dispensaries, said in an interview with NBC 6. “It’s been debated for a long time, but I think at the end of the day they’re going to see there’s no negative societal impact.”

Commissioner Manolo Reyes, who opposed the approval, said he wants “to establish the regulations before they are authorized to be selling this marijuana” and that he feels a “clear distinction between medical marijuana and recreational” cannabis is needed.

Commissioner Ken Russell, who voted in favor of the approval, said that he has a medical cannabis card following two surgeries on his wrist.

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