Marijuana Dispensaries in Gulf County? Probably not

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GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It doesn't look like medical marijuana dispensaries will find a home in Gulf County anytime soon.

At Thursday's County Commission meeting, board members have put a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries in the county as other state leaders in Tallahassee are creating new laws to deal with the compassionate use of marijuana.

Officials looked at a Marijuana Policy Group study which determined Florida should have no more than one dispensary for every 67,000 people. Gulf County only has a population of around 13,000.

County officials say if you need to go to a medical marijuana dispensary, it's better to go to a more populated area.

“I’d say that conversations with each other commissioners, I think they’re very concerned and they want to provide that compassionate care that the new law provides to folks for the proper use of it, for medicinal uses. But they also understand that the acquisitions purchasing of it would be near larger health facilities or pharmacies," said Gulf County Attorney Jeremy Novak.

Commissioners are still considering the ordinance to completely ban dispensaries in the county. The topic will be brought up again at the next meeting.

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