Miami Beach Should Ban All Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Commissioner Suggests
In November 2016, 80 percent of Miami Beach residents voted to legalize medical marijuana. More than two years later, the city has only a single dispensary — and now one commissioner wants to prevent others from opening.
In a memo to the mayor and commission, Commissioner Joy Malakoff suggested to the planning board that the city consider repealing ordinances that cover medical marijuana treatment facilities. The planning board will also talk about replacing that legislation with an ordinance that prohibits any other dispensaries from opening within the city’s jurisdiction, she wrote.
Malakoff, who was appointed as an interim commissioner after Kristen Rosen Gonzalez was forced to resign to run for Congress, did not immediately respond to New Times‘ request for comment. But she’s made her opinion on dispensaries clear in the past. In 2017, after the passage of state legislation preventing local governments from regulating medical marijuana dispensaries more than they regulate pharmacies, she tried to ban them outright.
“I can’t support a free-for-all of medical marijuana dispensaries in Miami Beach,” she said at the time, according to the Miami Herald.
The rest of the commission didn’t agree. Before the state law passed, they had hoped to limit the number of dispensaries to three — and to strictly regulate them by banning….