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St. Johns County considers medical marijuana moratorium

The St. Johns County Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed 12-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The commission wants a study done on the potential impacts of qualified dispensing organizations, believing that a moratorium will protect the health and safety of the public while the study is underway.

Florida voters in November overwhelmingly approved a measure legalizing medical marijuana for hundreds of thousands of patients with debilitating conditions, and the Legislature is expected to produce legislation for its Department of Health to implement and regulate the sale.

More than two dozen counties, including Clay County, and about four dozen cities, including Jacksonville Beach, have enacted moratoriums temporarily banning medical marijuana dispensaries from opening, and others are considering measures to regulate the industry.

The commission meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the St. Johns County administrative building.