3 medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Osceola County, Florida

Three medical marijuana dispensaries are headed to Osceola County even as the county had placed a moratorium on dispensaries.

On Feb. 19, Osceola County Commissioners approved a settlement with one of Colorado’s largest marijuana dispensary chains, The Green Solution, that grants them three certificates to open the dispensaries. In return, the company agreed to take no legal action against the county. The Green Solution asserted it had a “vested right in the issue” because it was poised to receive the certificates prior to the county’s moratorium, according to an Osceola County news release.

Previously, the commissioners enacted a temporary moratorium to consider changes in state law. The changes to state law essentially preempted the county ordinance and certification process and limited the county’s powers to banning dispensaries or allowing an unlimited number in the county.

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 “This is an equitable solution to this matter and it gives us, as the local jurisdiction, the power to prevent an out-of-control proliferation of these facilities,” said Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins in a prepared statement. [Read More @ Orlando Business Journal]

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