Thirteen Counties Have Enacted Ordinances On Where Dispensaries Can Be Located And Who Can Prescribe And Use Medical Pot Mainly Cannabis Oil, Not Head-spinning Reefer.

Thirteen counties have enacted ordinances on where dispensaries can be located and who can prescribe and use medical pot mainly cannabis oil, not head-spinning reefer. But many counties and cities across the state have been looking to Tallahassee to make the first move. A pair of medical marijuana bills filed in the Florida Senate would regulate everything from how much it would cost to get a license to grow and sell marijuana to who can prescribe and acquire it. The bills Senate bills 406 and 614 are similar, though SB 614, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, goes further in spelling out proposed licensing costs. Those costs would be steep a license fee of up to $50,000 with a biennial renewal fee of the same; retail license fee of up to $10,000 with a biennial renewal fee of the same; and a transportation license fee of up to $10,000 with a biennial renewal fee of the same. SB 614 also would require the state Department of Health to establish operating standards for the cultivation, processing, packaging and labeling of marijuana. The department would also establish and maintain a registry of those allowed to grow, sell, prescribe, administer and take marijuana. Patients who want to use marijuana would have to get a registry identification card from the department. The West Palm Beach ordinance, which passed on first read without controversy, declares a moratorium on filing applications for cannabis dispensing facilities and medical marijuana treatment centers. The ordinance also declares a zoning in progress. Thats a protective measure that pushes the pause button on any zoning approvals that might be needed.

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