Wellington’s council took a first step Tuesday night toward allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the village, as the first medical pot dispensary in the county opened in Lake Worth earlier in the day.
With state law requiring counties and municipalities regulate medical pot dispensaries no differently than pharmacies, the Wellington council voted 3-2 to move forward with changing the village’s pharmacy zoning to restrict where the facilities may be located.
Should the measure pass — the second and final vote most likely will be at the council’s Jan. 8 meeting, Village Manager Paul Schofield said — medical marijuana dispensaries and pharmacies would need to be a minimum of 10,000 square feet and be no closer than 1,000 feet to a primary school. One pharmacy or dispensary would be allowed per retail development, with the exception of pharmacies in grocery stores.
The size, number and distance restrictions would be waived for pharmacies or dispensaries along State Road 7 in standalone buildings or