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Three new medical cannabis dispensaries to open in Miami Beach

Published On: 05-04-2017 in Category: addiction, Drug Addiction, Marijuana

City planners have proposed to allow opening of three medical cannabis dispensaries in Miami Beach. With the new proposal planning to issue only three business licenses, the Miami Beach administration is expecting some tough competition among distributors of medical marijuana in the region. Officials have suggested three commercial areas in the South, Middle and North Beach sections of the city. The law permits the setting up of retail medical marijuana dispensaries in these areas, where patients with a valid medical marijuana card can purchase their medications.

Under the proposal, the city’s planning department has recommended lots either along a stretch of the Fifth Street or somewhere in the three sections of Alton Road or one patch at Dade Boulevard as a possible location for a dispensary located in South Beach. In Middle Beach, the Mount Sinai Medical Center or somewhere around the intersection of Pine Tree Drive and 41st Street could be a great location for a dispensary. Also, the land to the south of the 71st Street from Indian Creek Drive to Collins Avenue or moving further southwards on Collins toward the 69th Street could be ideal for a dispensary in North Beach. Soon, the officials of the city planning commission want to hold an initial vote to go ahead with the zoning plan.

However, authorities said that the dispensaries would be subjected to restrictions on signage and advertising. Moreover, the total area of each dispensary shouldn’t be in excess of 7,500 square feet. Additionally, the law would strictly prohibit onsite cultivation of cannabis.

Marijuana problem in Florida

In November 2016, with the passage of amendment 2 or the Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Initiative, medical use of marijuana was legalized across the state. But this has also opened doors to a number of problems regarding the abuse of the drug. Like any other state, marijuana is the commonly used illicit drug by the youth in Florida.

According to the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), marijuana use among ninth grade students in the state is on the rise since 2015 with over 15 percent reporting that they first used the drug at the age of 13. Notably, studies show that early addiction to cannabinoids heightens the risk of serious behavioral health problems in adulthood.

Even though stories of marijuana addiction don’t hit the headlines, there are considerable harmful effects linked to its abuse. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that causes addiction and triggers cravings in chronic users. Though marijuana is enjoying a moment of rising acceptance nationwide, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved its therapeutic value. It continues to be categorized as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act because of high potential for abuse. In fact, experts believe that the nation is doing a terrible disservice to the future generations by adopting a lax attitude toward the dangers of marijuana.

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