Lynn Haven votes to allow medical marijuana dispensaries

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LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Lynn Haven is the latest city to vote on a new law for medical marijuana dispensaries within its borders.

Tuesday Lynn Haven city commission members passed a new law regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.

"With the city passing this ourselves first that kind of intervenes. The state won't be able to come in and put one where they want it. We would have the say," Commissioner Judy Tinder said.

The commission voted unanimously to allow dispensaries. They'll be treated under the same rules as a pharmacy like a CVS or Walgreens.

"If they should apply to open one we will have the permitting," Tinder said. "They still have to go through the city planning and the permitting and everything and that's what protects us."

The commission voted on the first reading of the law in September.

Mayor Margo Anderson says many of the residents who live in the city are actually in favor of dispensaries opening up, but some locals say they're concerned by the commission's decision.

"They're reducing all these rules that have been enforced for fifty years to placate business, following the money," Richard Walker, a Lynn Haven local said. "That means that we possibly get homeless, we get this and that and I don't want to say the riff-raff will come in, but that's the statement I was given to by a police officer and I thought he was right."

"If a drug addict wants to get a prescription card they would have had one and they would have been to Tallahassee making round trips. It's not gonna create any more here," Tinder said.

The closest dispensaries are in Tallahassee and Pensacola.

With the law in effect, businesses interested in opening up shop in Lynn Haven will have to first apply through the state.

According to Bay County election results, two voting precincts in Lynn Haven reported more than 60 percent of voters voted in favor of the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative.