Commission Places Moratorium on Medical Marijuana Businesses in Coral Springs


By: Sharon Aron Baron

With the approval of Amendment Two on November 8, the City of Coral Springs put a 180-day moratorium on local businesses and land use approvals for medical marijuana dispensing organizations and treatment centers.

At last Wednesday’s meeting, City Attorney John Hearn told the commission, “As you know this law just recently passed…that medical marijuana will be allowed.  There are no rules and regulations established yet by the State. They expect that process to be done and implemented in September.  So we will be monitoring the rules and regulations as they move forward.”

Commissioner Vignola made a motion to move forward seconded by Commissioner Cimaglia.  Mayor Campbell, Vice Mayor Daley and Commissioner Carter agreed.

Amendment 2, which passed with 71 percent of all Florida voters would allow licensed physicians to certify patients for medical marijuana use after diagnosing them debilitating medical conditions including: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

According to the bill, The patient must suffer from cancer or a physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms; or symptoms of the same. It also states that other treatments must have been tried without success.

Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Hallandale Beach have also temporarily banned marijuana dispensaries and treatment centers, according to the Sun Sentinel.

“We anticipate we will be regulating this to make sure there’s not a proliferation in any one area of the city and also that there are certain distance requirements from schools and other things we look at as we go forward,” said Hearn.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.


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  • This is one of my biggest gripes about Florida. I’ve lived in 15 states and Florida is the only one I’ve lived in that allows municipalities to create their own set of laws that sometimes conflict with state law or enhance state law.

    How as citizens could we allow our cities so much authority over us.
    We the people should always be above the cities we reside in, their only purpose should be to provide infrastructure in exchange for payment from its residents in the form of property taxes, cities should have no other purpose outside of that.

    I hope Morgan Law firm who sponsored the bill uses it money wisely in Court to force these cities to drop their Moratoriums.

  • kilroy

    Make sure you vote these people OUT of office next election ! Who are THEY ? the kings and queens who RULE ? the law passed and now these so called ‘ progressive ‘ liberals say NO ? VOTE THEM OUT next election cycle.

  • Lesley123

    I’ll be looking closely at who is objecting to what the people voted for and will vote them out when they come up for reelection. We lived in Colorado when the laws changed and we saw an influx of people with sick family members who greatly benefited from medical marijuana. People who want to withhold this substance from people are hurting patients and forcing them to take medications that often are more habit forming and far more damaging to the body. Seizure patients, in particular, greatly benefit from medical marijuana.
    When it went recreational in Colorado, they saw a DECREASE in the amount of teen use. They have taken this away from drug dealers and put it into the hands of business men and women. Drug dealers will sell to anyone…a business person has a license to protect. It’s not rocket science people.

    • kilroy

      the article says :
      Commissioner Vignola made a motion to move forward seconded by Commissioner Cimaglia. Mayor Campbell, Vice Mayor Daley and Commissioner Carter agreed.

      so these 5 people I will vote OUT next election cycle…

  • Fred

    It’ll take time for people to overcome the effects of nearly 50 years of drug war propaganda. Let’s be patient with them, but not too patient.

  • YourBuddy

    Lived in Fla. since 1964. This is the most ass backwards state in the union, controlled by a special “Good Old Boy Network” (Ranchers, Citrus and Farmers). We have a lot of fraud here because the Network / Tallahassee is and has always been on the take. Governor Scott was elected when it was fully known he was charged with the biggest Medicare Fraud in history as CEO of AHCA. He also owns a chain of labs. Guess who did the urine tests for state employees. You are correct two thirds his labs in his wife’s name. 71% voted for Medical Weed and the state can’t find out how to open shops and start selling. A doctor only needs a 4 hour course to sign you up, but you must have a disease where your brains are falling out your left ear and your right foot shakes side to side (not up and down) it has to have been contracted on a Tuesday afternoon and you have to be missing the left molar second from last. But, know the right boy’s and commit a little bribery and you are in. We all need to get with the ACLU, march in the streets and make them at least allow it for the same reasons that most other states do. What is our state song? “Swanee River”. Enough said.