Brevard County Commission to tackle zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries

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Cynthia Brewer, medical marijuana patient advocate, talks about the future of medical marijuana in Brevard. Video by Malcolm Denemark

Florida Trulieve grower Raquel Rivera repots cloned plants at their medical marijuana facility in Quincy.(Photo: Joe Rondone/Democrat)

Brevard County commissioners will try again next week to figure out how to regulate what are known as “medical marijuana treatment center dispensing facilities” in unincorporated areas of the county.

Commissioner have been discussing the issue off and on since May of last year. 

There currently is a moratorium in place that prevents such facilities from opening in unincorporated Brevard. That moratorium is scheduled to expire with the end of the 2018 Florida Legislature session on March 9.

Next Tuesday, commissioners will hold the first of two required public hearings on a proposed ordinance, crafted by Brevard County’s Planning and Development Department, to amend the county’s zoning codes. The proposal would allow medical marijuana treatment centers in areas that have one of nine business, commercial or industrial zoning classifications. These areas would be the same ones where pharmacies, drugstores and sundry stores are allowed.

There currently are 3,748 parcels in the county with one of these nine zoning classifications.

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Commissioners could go with the staff proposal; let the moratorium “sunset” or expire without action; or ban medical marijuana treatment centers in unincorporated Brevard. Even with a ban on dispensaries, state-licensed treatment centers would be able to deliver to patients within Brevard.

The Brevard County Commission next week will resume its discussion of how to regulate medical marijuana treatment center dispensing facilities. (Photo: FILE PHOTO)

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