Tampa is working on its own set of regulations and currently has a moratorium in place to prevent any new businesses for now. Second, Hillsboroughs new ordinance prohibits these dispensaries from opening within 750 feet from a host of places, like schools and bars. The list of establishments with 750-foot buffers include : Churches/synagogues, schools, child care centers, public libraries, community recreational facilities and parks Residentially zoned parcels Establishments that sell beer, wine and liquor for consumption on or off the premises. That knocks out a big chunk of the county and basically pushes these facilities to the outskirts of population centers. The regulations also say marijuana businesses cannot operate within 750 feet from each other, so there wont be a Weed District opening in Hillsborough any time soon. Finally, the dispensaries can only open in certain commercial and manufacturing zones, of which there arent many not already disqualified by the aforementioned 750-foot buffer rules. There are small pockets scattered throughout the county but they’re mostly concentrated in the unincorporated area immediately north of Tampa International Airport, some parts of South Shore, just east of Orient Road in Tampa and south of Temple Terrace. It’s possible some of these businesses won’t consider it profitable to set up shop so far from where people live. It’s worth noting, too, that lawmakersin Green Rush Tallahassee can override all of this if they approve their own land use rules for medical marijuana facilities. State law supercedes county ordinances.
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