On Nov. 14, 2016, the Orlando City Council voted to extend a temporary ban on new medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The vote takes places less than a week after Florida voters approved Amendment 2, which legalized medical marijuana in the state.
A growing number of Florida counties and cities have passed similar measures in preparation and response to the passage of Amendment 2.
Initially passed in July, the ban was put into place after several groups hoping to be future medical marijuana providers asked city officials about zoning laws regarding medical marijuana storefronts. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the ban was extended in an effort to give city officials more time to examine the impact of allowing marijuana distributors to open within city limits.
Set to expire in December, the temporary ban has been extending to July 1, 2016, coinciding closely with the Department of Health’s deadline to craft rules and regulations for the state’s new medical marijuana system.