In the wake of a constitutional amendment creating an expanded medical marijuana market in Florida, cities around the state are preparing for the expansion of cannabis retail outlets.
Miami not so much.
Even though there’s already a so-called pot shop just outside its borders, South Florida’s largest city doesn’t appear to be in much of a rush to craft legislation regulating marijuana dispensaries. In fact, the mere thought of doing so seems taboo in City Hall.
Adam Gersten learned as much Wednesday night when, during a meeting of Miami’s Planning Zoning and Appeals Board, he tried to prompt a discussion about zoning regulations for medical marijuana retail outlets.
“I’m happy to make it very easy. It’s not allowed,” Deputy City Attorney Barnaby Min responded.
When pressed further by Gersten, an attorney who’d asked city staffers to research zoning rules in states with medical marijuana programs, Min offered what he prefaced as a “very poor example” to illustrate the legal issue with allowing pot shops.
“If the city of Miami for some infinite, god-forbidden reason thought having sex with a child