Sarasota County Approves Two More MMJ Dispensaries
By Nicole Rodriguez
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at 3:03 PM
Updated Apr 11, 2018 at 7:38 PM
Commission approves a second dispensary, the day after it approved the first.
SARASOTA COUNTY — More medical marijuana is coming to the county after the Sarasota County Commission on Wednesday approved the second dispensary application in two days.
The County Commission voted 4-1 to allow Sarasota-based AltMed to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 5077 Fruitville Road in the Cobia Bay shopping plaza — making it the second approved dispensary in unincorporated county. Commissioner Mike Moran, who has concerns medical dispensaries could be the gateway to legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, cast the dissenting vote.
Wednesday’s decision follows the board’s approval a day earlier to allow Trulieve to open a medical marijuana dispensary in a freestanding building in the Venice Pines Shopping Plaza on Jacaranda Boulevard — the county’s first approved dispensary.
While commissioners approved the two projects, some board members stressed they don’t want hundreds more sprouting up across the county.