click to enlarge Orange County commissioners will be deciding Tuesday evening whether they want to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the unincorporated parts of the county.
The Orange County Commission will be considering two ordinances at the 5 p.m. public hearing on Nov. 14 – one would ban medical cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated areas while the second would allow dispensaries with added restrictions, though both permit cultivation and processing. The Florida Legislature only allows municipal governments to ban dispensaries outright or regulate them like any other pharmacy. Many cities in Orange County, like Apopka and Winter Garden, have chosen to ban dispensaries, while Orlando considers the two dispensaries it has as “grandfathered” into the existing regulations.
“We’re told we want to be in a position of honoring the voters and implementing something but doing it in a way that we feel it best protects our communities against unintended consequences,” Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said at the public hearing earlier in November. “We’ve done that with everything, alcohol sales, tobacco. This is the one time where it’s like, ‘If you don’t