NEW: Medical marijuana shops now legal in West Palm Beach

Updated: 3:29 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 |  Posted: 6:23 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2018

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West Palm Beach gives final approval for medical marijuana dispensaries

WEST PALM BEACH —

Medical marijuana shops are free to open in West Palm Beach commercial zones after a unanimous final vote of the city commission Monday night.

The vote came swiftly and without questions or comments by commissioners, which had discussed the matter in city workshops.

The measure, allowing dispensaries in nonresidential zones and no closer than 500 feet from a school, received initial approval this month.

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West Palm joins Wellington, Boynton Beach and Deerfield Beach in allowing the dispensaries, which sell pot for prescription use. Lake Worth has two dispensaries open but has since placed a moratorium on allowing more.

Although still illegal under federal law, 29 states permit medical marijuana, and nine states, in the West and New England, allow marijuana for recreational use.

The dispensaries have spread throughout Florida, where the state legalized medical marijuana for terminal illness in 2014. The law broadened in 2016 to allow its use for terminal and non-terminal illness including cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, PTSD, ALS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Crohn’s diseases and conditions of comparable severity.

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The law allows physicians to prescribe medical marijuana in the form of oils, extracts, sprays, oral syringe or edibles. Dispensaries also are restricted to selling medical pot and related products and cannot sell other products such as tobacco or nicotine-infused oil. The law allows dispensaries to sell both low-potency and euphoric cannabis.

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