Cocoa Beach leaders discuss medical marijuana at meeting

City wants to regulate dispensaries if medical marijuana is legalized

COCOA BEACH, Fla. - Cocoa Beach leaders held a meeting Tuesday to discuss how to handle medical marijuana in the city if an amendment passes.

Commissioners voted unanimously to have the city attorney start drafting an ordinance that would restrict the location and number of medical marijuana clinics in the city.

Commissioner Skip Williams doesn't want the clinics on A1A, State Road 520, Ocean Beach Boulevard and Minutemen Causeway.

Williams said he's worried about Cocoa beach losing the family-friendly image they're working hard to develop.

"We really don't want people out there on the side of the road with the sign 'The doctor's in,' wearing a marijuana shirt, as the first thing people see when they come to Cocoa Beach," Williams said.

Matt Nichols is visiting from Indiana and said A1A is a place for families, not medical marijuana clinics.

"We would absolutely not come back," Nichols said. "That is not what I want to bring my children into."

Florida voters will head to the polls in November to decide if medical marijuana should be legal.

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