As states across the country have legalized marijuana for both medical
and recreational usage, St. Augustine City Commissioners have begun developing
ordinances allowing the sale of low-THC marijuana. While
Amendment 2 legalizing cannabis was not passed in Florida, the Senate legalized low-THC
marijuana according to the "Compassionate use of low-THC cannabis"
law. As this law becomes effective in 2015, St. Augustine must begin planning
for its implementation and how it will handle the impending challenges.
What new zoning ordinances apply in St. Augustine?
The zoning ordinances cover the sale, gift, display, storage, delivery,
and consumption of the legally-available marijuana. While some commissioners
asked for increased regulations, the ordinances were passed as they came
onto the floor.
These passed ordinances included:
- Defining what is officially considered legally available marijuana.
- Allowing hydroculture, agriculture, or cultivation of marijuana as an exception
in Industrial and Warehouse zoning laws.
- Developing exceptions for manufacturing, processing, and production facilities
in Industrial Warehouse Zoning codes.
Each zoning plan for legal marijuana must be approved by the city planning
board and take the neighboring properties into account before approval.
There has been some criticism over the language in the ordinances, such
as the lack of clarification on some items that many feel should have
been prohibited. However, city commissioners claim that their goal was
to increase the possible medical uses that can apply based on this new law.
St. Augustine plans to monitor how the legalization of low-THC cannabis
affects the operations of the city and if any further adjustments to the
ordinances need to be made. While it may seem as though additional marijuana
legalization is on the horizon, it is important to exercise caution with
any controlled substance. Importantly, you or a loved one may still be
brought up on marijuana drug charges despite these changes to the city code.
Call Albaugh Law Firm to schedule a
if you find yourself facing charges.