Posted on August 29, 2017 · Posted in Industrial / Flex, Investments, Retail

Deerfield Beach has decided to allow marijuana dispensaries.

Discussion of a potential ban on medical marijuana dispensaries died quickly after Commissioner Bernie Parness told his poignant story of how marijuana eased the pain of his dying father.

“He spent the last six months of his life peacefully,” Parness said.

Parness was arguing against a proposed ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries within the city. City Attorney Andrew Maurodis said the city would either have to regulate dispensaries like any other drug store, or ban them entirely.

“By not doing something, you are allowing them in all business districts,” Maurodis said.

Listening intently was Margita Hablak of Delray Beach. A tax accountant by profession, she’s also is an entrepreneur who sees opportunity in medical marijuana and is trying to open a clinic in Boca Raton in September. Physicians at “Leafy MDs” will issue recommendations, she said, not prescriptions. Clients will go to the dispensary, Knox Medical, in Lake Worth,where they will be asked to log into a registry to confirm the recommendation. If it’s cream — or oil, or a pill — that’s what they get.

“What they won’t get is a joint,” Hablak said. “It’s mostly for older people with conditions and diseases. Most people who call me want to get off opiates.”

Hablak plans six clinics statewide, as many as three in South Florida. But she also is finding legal barriers at every juncture.

Lighthouse Point, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach all have moratoriums on dispensaries.

 

Source: SunSentinel

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