Board recommends limits on marijuana dispensaries in Orlando

Businesses would be prohibited near homes, schools

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Municipal Planning Board voted Tuesday to recommend limits to medical marijuana dispensaries in Orlando.

The Orlando City Council is expected to vote May 15 on the board's recommendations. If the rules are adopted, it would end a moratorium imposed by the city in July 2016.

The new rules would allow seven dispensaries in the city, which is currently the same number of companies licensed by the state to sell marijuana.

The new rules would also prohibit where dispensaries would be allowed to open. Shops would be prohibited from opening within 200 feet of homes, within 1,000 feet of schools and within a mile of another dispensary.

In addition, businesses would be be limited to the hours to 8 a.m. through 7 p.m Monday through Saturday.

"We want people to be able to access this type of medication, to be able to pick it up before or after work," Chief Planner Jason Burton said. "We don't want to become essentially the bedroom community for all the medical canabis dispensaries within the region."

"The laws will change and we're going to have to adapt, so I think that this is a good start and we'll see where it goes," said Karen Anderson, planning board chairperson.

Orlando has so far approved three dispensary locations, including the Knox Medical Facility in Ivanhoe Village.

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