Medical marijuana ordinance gets the first OK from Cocoa Beach leaders


COCOA BEACH, Fla. - Cocoa Beach residents had a lot to say after city commissioners unanimously passed the first reading of a medical marijuana ordinance that would limit where dispensaries can operate.

“We don’t want it here. Go to the next town where everyone else is for it. You’re thinking about the money, not the health,” resident Angela Richards told city commissioners during their meeting Thursday night.

Last month, the city’s planning board voted for the ordinance, which would put marijuana dispensaries in the same category as pain management clinics, which must be 1,000 feet away from schools and churches.

The ordinance would go into effect if voters decide to legalize medical marijuana in November.