Brevard County looking into medical marijuana regulations before November vote

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Brevard County is getting ready in case voters pass a plan in November to make medical marijuana legal.

On Tuesday, commissioners asked staff not only to look at ordinances passed in other parts of the state, but other parts of the country as well.

Some Brevard leaders and residents want to know what the rules would be for opening a clinic or dispensary but at the present, the county hasn’t drafted any.

Commissioners heard from a pharmacist Tuesday who believes only a licensed pharmacist should be able to distribute medical marijuana.

Some communities like Cocoa Beach have already passed ordinances dictating where marijuana dispensaries and clinics could locate should voters allow it, and the county wants to join the course.

Dr. Eric Luzar is hoping the county will consider restrictions on who can dispense marijuana even if the state does not.

"We feel if it's developed in a way that's good for the state we might want to take advantage of participating," he said.

Luzar told Channel 9 he couldn't say exactly where his group would want to locate a marijuana dispensary or clinic but he said areas like Merritt Island and Palm Bay might provide the best access.