Cocoa Beach became the first central Florida city to decide where medical marijuana dispensaries can go, months before the issue goes up for a state vote. Cocoa Beach city commissioners passed an ordinance that will put dispensaries near the historic pier and Ron Jon Surf Shop if Amendment 2, the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, is passed in November.
The two very popular tourist attractions weren’t targeted, but those were the only locations left after the ordinance also dictates that dispensaries be no closer than 1,000 feet of a school or church, and no closer than 200 feet of a residential zoning district. They would also have to be 200 feet away from the center line of State Road 520, A1A, Minuteman Causeway, or Ocean Beach Boulevard.
Earlier this week, a spokesperson for the new owners of the pier said marijuana dispensaries don’t fit their business model, and their goal is to be family-friendly. Regardless of any complaints, this will be where the dispensaries in Cocoa beach will go if the Florida majority votes for the amendment in a few months.
“I have been contacted by people who are in the marijuana business in California, one in San Diego and one in Santa Cruz. They are looking to expand where they can expand. They just want to know what’s going down with our ordinance,” said Cocoa Beach City Commissioner Skip Williams.