Pot not: Not yet in West Palm Beach, city decides

SAFED, ISRAEL - MARCH 07: (ISRAEL OUT) A worker touches plants at a cannabis greenhouse at the growing facility of the Tikun Olam company on March 7, 2011 near the northern city of Safed, Israel. In conjunction with Israel's Health Ministry, Tikon Olam are currently distributing cannabis for medicinal purposes to over 1800 people in Israel. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

West Palm Beach has declared a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment centers.

The moratorium, given preliminary approval Feb. 13 by the city commission, will be in effect until Oct. 1, unless commissioners decide otherwise.

The city is waiting for state lawmakers to decide on pending bills that would regulate the business.

Florida voters last November approved expanding availability of medical pot for conditions from cancer to epilepsy, ALS, Parkinson’s, MS, Crohn’s and PTSD.

But West Palm is waiting for state lawmakers to approve regulations of its own before the city adds rules.

The following ordinance passed without controversy:

“AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, DECLARING A MORATORIUM AS TO THE FILING OF APPLICATIONS FOR CANNABIS DISPENSING FACILITIES AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA TREATMENT CENTERS WITHIN THE CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH AND DECLARING A ZONING IN PROGRESS TO COMPLETE DEVELOPMENT OF ZONING AND LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS FOR THE PLACEMENT OF
CANNABIS DISPENSING FACILITIES AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA TREATMENT CENTERS.”

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