Local business shows interest in medical cannabis – The Northwest Florida Daily News
By Tony Judnich | 315-4438 | @Tonyjnwfdn | [email protected]
DESTIN – Other than location requirements, city officials will probably leave regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries to the state, Mayor Scott Fischer said Monday.
Before Florida voters last week approved Amendment 2 to expand the use of medical marijuana, Destin officials were approached by the operators of Vapor Wizard about possibly opening such a dispensary. Vapor Wizard, owned by Alan Dixon, is at 743 Harbor Blvd.
“We were the vape shop that originally contacted the council regarding this issue and likely the ones that made it an issue to be dealt with by them,” said Jack Varnell, consultant to Dixon and Vapor Wizard, in an email last Friday.
A majority of the City Council on Nov. 7 approved the first reading of an ordinance that would restrict such dispensaries to Destin’s industrial zoning district. The council plans to plans to vote Nov. 21 on whether to adopt the ordinance.
Varnell said he did not attend the Nov. 7 meeting but plans to be at next week’s session. He said Dixon wants to operate the dispensary in the same building that houses Vapor Wizard, not in the less-visible industrial district. In addition to electronic cigarettes, the business specializes in tattoos, piercings and other services.
“To have to open in a different location seems silly to me,” Varnell said Monday. “We’ve been in business here for 16 years or so, and Alan has built relationships with several registered doctors who would be prescription providers” for the possible dispensary.
“We could set up a delivery service or have patients come to the shop,” Varnell continued. “There would be no big, neon pot leaf in the window, and we would follow all the guidelines.”
But Fischer on Monday said he is “very concerned” for the safety