ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The Board of County Commissioners in Orange County unanimously voted Tuesday night to allow medical cannabis dispensaries in the county beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
This will uphold the will of the voters, according to a tweet from county officials.
The decision followed a lineup of speakers, some of whom were emotional, a county spokeswoman said in an email. This marked the second and final hearing on the matter. Two are required.
The speakers were all in favor of allowing dispensaries. The board heard two proposed ordinances: one to allow the dispensaries and one to ban them, the county said.
The motion to allow was made by Commissioner Clarke and approved unanimously. The ordinance will go into effect in unincorporated Orange County next year.
Mayor Teresa Jacobs and other commissioners expressed their frustration with the Legislature for not allowing local governance to place any restrictions on where dispensaries can be, but noted that they felt compelled to follow what the voters had decided on.
Orange County's BCC has unanimously voted to allow medical cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated @OrangeCoFL beginning Jan. 1, 2018, to uphold the will of the voters. pic.twitter.com/IJzix7bRGw — Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) November 15, 2017
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