Temporary Ban on Medical Marijuana Retail Shops in Miami Beach

Miami Beach, FL
Miami Beach, FL

Looks like it won’t be all fun in the sun for medical marijuana users in Miami Beach, FL.

A four-month ban was voted 5-1 by city commissioners to halt the opening and operation of medical cannabis retail shops.

The reason for the ban according to Commissioner Ricky Arriola, is to allow the city to have more time to draft legislation that will stipulate where medical cannabis dispensaries can operate, the hours they can be open for business, and what the fines will be for any medical cannabis dispensary that does not comply with city code.

In a nutshell, although Floridians voted by 71 percent to allow the use of medical cannabis, it will be awhile for Miami Beach residents can have access. Delray Beach and Boca Raton also passed temporary bans on medical marijuana dispensaries and it is very possible other cities in Florida will do the same.

While using cannabis for medicinal reasons has been legal in California since 1996 thanks to Proposition 215, the passing of Proposition 64, the Adult use of Marijuana Act, now allows adult Californians to use cannabis for recreational purposes.

Still, similar to bans in FL (although not exact), legislation has halted the sale of cannabis to the public for recreational use until legislation has drafted how medical cannabis dispensaries and collectives will operate as a retail store, and until medical cannabis dispensaries and collectives have a particular license that will allow them to sell. As it stands now, recreational use won’t officially be legal until January 1, 2018 in California.

Read more about the four-month ban on medical cannabis in Miami Beach, FL here.

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