a) Conduct the first of two public hearings to discuss revisions to the the County's Land Development Regulations by revising Sec. 3-9-2, Rules of Construction; Definitions, to provide for the definition of Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Dispensing Facilities; and adding new Section 3-9-26.1, Prohibited Uses (Z-17-07-21B) in accordance with Section 125.66, F.S.; and
b) Set the second public hearing for adoption of Ordinances approving Z-17-07-21B for October 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard.
On June 23, 2017, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 8-A relating to Medical use of Marijuana. As part of this legislation, local governments were given the ability to either enact an outright ban of Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Dispensing Facilities (MMTCDF’s), or allow them. If the jurisdiction chose to allow them, they must be treated the same as pharmacies other than they cannot be allowed within 500 ft. of any public or private school (elementary, middle, or secondary school unless specifically allowed by the jurisdiction.
At the July 11, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting, staff received direction to prepare language to ban MMTCDF’s within all the unincorporated area of Charlotte County. Following that direction, staff proposes the following proposed revisions to the County’s Land Development Regulations:
- Revisions to the Table of Contents.
- Revisions to Section 3-9-2, Rules of Constructions; Definitions.
- Creation of New Section 3-9-26.1: Prohibit Uses to prohibit Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Dispensing Facilities within the County.
If the Board of County Commissioners approves these revisions, it will prohibit Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Dispensing Facilities within the County.