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Miami To See 1st Medical Marijuana Dispensary Open In City Limits – CBS Miami


MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A big win for medical marijuana users. A City of Miami Commission vote on Thursday morning ends a long legal battle over licensing dispensaries.

“If you’re in the middle of Miami in rush hour traffic, it could take 30 to 45 minutes,” Michael Montouri said.

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Montouri has a medical marijuana card and for years had to leave town to get his prescription filled.

“For me and for a lot of people, it’s related to anxiety, so managing that is extremely important,” he explained.

Soon he may be able to move closer to where he lives in Miami instead of having to travel to the next town.

“This was a precedent-setting vote in the City of Miami where, on a 3-2 vote, we are allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the City of Miami for the first time,” said District 2 Commissioner Ken Russell.

Commissioner Russell is in favor of giving patients an alternative to getting their medical marijuana, but other commissioners oppose it.

“It will be over, you are going to see people smoking weed on the street,” District 4 Commissioner Manolo Reyes said.

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Some commissioners have even raised concerns about what they say are the harmful effects of the drug, but no orders have been put in place to regulate or ban dispensaries.

“The city has the opportunity to do that,…

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