JACKSONVILLE wants say in medical marijuana business location


The city has taken steps to make sure it will have a say in where legal medical marijuana could be sold in Jacksonville.

Starting next month, the state will start taking applications from businesses that want to start growing and distributing marijuana. Only five locations will be selected, one for each section of the state. If one of those chosen businesses is in Jacksonville, the city wants the right to say where it could go.

City leaders just passed an ordinance that puts a 180-day moratorium on any plan to locate a marijuana distributor or store in Jacksonville, until the City Council and the zoning office and city lawyers come up with a plan to say where it could be located.

In 2014, the state Legislature passed a law that allows for the use of certain kinds of medical marijuana that have low levels of THC, the...

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