Another One Bites the Dust, Delray Beach Bans Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers

Another One Bites the Dust, Delray Beach Bans Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers

South Florida is remarkably lacking in medical marijuana treatment centers, but there were high hopes for the Delray Beach vote last Tuesday night. However, lawmakers voted to ban MMTCs again and will revisit it next year. All of the cities and towns that elect to ban outlets use the same reasoning. They want to see how treatment centers work out in other communities, or they do not like the zoning rules or the town is already overwhelmed by other problems. Delray Beach overwhelming voted for medical marijuana last November and whatever reasons politicians give to ban outlets, they are still ignoring the residents that put them in office.

Delray Beach has banned medical marijuana dispensaries, but the city will revisit its decision in a year.

The ban extends a yearlong moratorium the city has had in place since last September.

Under the new rules, residents still are able to use and carry medical marijuana. They just can’t buy it in Delray Beach — legally anyway. City commissioners unanimously approved the measure Tuesday night.

The decision came after Commissioner Mitch Katz opted to vote for the measure as long as it said the city would re-evaluate the ordinance in a year after seeing how other cities deal with dispensaries.

Delray Beach is locked in a debate over whether medical marijuana dispensaries should be banned citywide.

City Commissioner Jim Chard said a majority of states have legalized medical marijuana, and Delray would be on the “wrong side of history” in joining those who oppose it. But Mayor Cary Glickstein…

Delray Beach is locked in a debate over whether medical marijuana dispensaries should be banned citywide.

City Commissioner Jim Chard said a majority of states have legalized medical marijuana, and Delray would be on the “wrong side of history” in joining those who oppose it. But Mayor Cary Glickstein…

Nancy Sklarew, 75, of Delray Beach, has a prescription for medical marijuana, but has to drive down to Miami to fill it. She said she doesn’t like the idea of delivery because she has to be home to sign for the medication, she said.

“What I’m just looking for is, as soon as possible, finding something closer than Miami where I can get my prescription filled.”

Perhaps the closest destination for her to pick up her marijuana would be Lake Worth, where Knox Medical plans to open a dispensary as early as next month.

Delray Beach resident Evan Ostrager, 25, said he’s in favor of medical marijuana and wants dispensaries in the city, but understands Delray’s decision.

“I feel that they’re kind of justified in doing that since there are very little rules right now,” he said. “I think to wait and see what other cities are doing is a smart decision.”

The first time the vote came before the city, commissioners voted 3-2 in support of the ban in early September, as residents prepared for Hurricane Irma to make landfall in Florida.

Commissioner Jim Chard, who previously voted against the ban, said he still supports medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

“I think there is no point in sort of falling on your sword when you can’t get a majority and when it does have a termination date,” Chard said.

Don’t expect to see marijuana dispensaries popping up on Delray’s Atlantic Avenue anytime soon.

Even though more than 75 percent of voters in Delray Beach approved of legalizing of medical marijuana, the city plans Thursday to consider banning pot shops inside city limits.

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