Three medical marijuana dispensaries are headed to #Osceola County even as the county had placed a moratorium on dispensaries.
On Feb. 19, Osceola County Commissioners approved a settlement with one of Colorado’s largest marijuana dispensary chains, The Green Solution, that grants them three certificates to open the dispensaries. In return, the company agreed to take no legal action against the county. The Green Solution asserted it had a “vested right in the issue” because it was poised to receive the certificates prior to the county’s moratorium, according to an Osceola County news release.
Previously, the commissioners enacted a temporary moratorium to consider changes in state law. The changes to state law essentially preempted the county ordinance and certification process and limited the county’s powers to banning dispensaries or allowing an unlimited number in the county.
“This is an equitable solution to this matter and it gives us, as the local jurisdiction, the power to prevent an out-of-control proliferation of these facilities,” said Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins in a prepared statement. “When voters approved Amendment 2, I don’t think they wanted dispensaries on every street corner in the community. This agreement and our ban cements this intent while allowing those who need this service the ability to access it.”
In a separate action, the county voted to ban any other new facilities in unincorporated parts of the county.
The Green Solution didn’t specify exactly where the locations would be, but told Orlando Business Journal via email that it’s currently identifying possible locations for the dispensaries and working with the county to obtain required permits.
The company intends to open dispensaries as soon as possible to begin servicing patients.
Currently, the number of total centers in the state is capped at 25 until 2020.
The Green Solution has 15 Colorado locations and offers cannabis-infused products from sugar scrub to lip balm, lotions and edibles like truffles and sodas.