Royal Palm Beach residents looking for medical marijuana will have to buy it elsewhere.
The Royal Palm Beach Council recently voted to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the village by a unanimous 5-0 margin. This comes after nearly 75 percent of state voters wanted to legalize medicinal pot last year.
The council initially wanted to allow the businesses with tight regulation on location. Specifically, they wanted to make sure that the dispensaries couldn’t be too close to each other, something that could potentially lead to “pockets” of the businesses.
That plan came crashing down when the Florida State Legislature voted to give municipalities only two options: Regulate dispensaries like they’re a pharmacy or ban them outright.
“You either ban them or you kick the door open wide, and you have no ability to close that door again,” Village Attorney Jennifer Ashton said.
Royal Palm Beach has seven miles of roadways that could be suitable homes for dispensaries if