County looks to extend moratorium on marijuana dispensaries

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Public hearings scheduled in November

By Sean Arnold

The Levy Board of County Commissioners is seeking to extend its moratorium on marijuana dispensaries until April.

But first it must hold a couple of public hearings in November before the new ordinance can pass.

Commissioner Lilly Rooks casted a dissenting vote at the commission meeting Oct. 17 to guarantee one of those hearings – Nov. 7 – will take place at 5:01 p.m., while the other will come on Nov. 21, coinciding with the regular commission meeting, which starts at 9 a.m.

A majority-plus-one margin was required to hold both hearings during regular hours (before 5 p.m.). With Commission Mike Joyner absent from the meeting, a 4-0 vote was required.

“I think it’s fair to the public, so they know what we’re trying to do, that we have it after 5,” Rooks said.

In addition to the public hearings, the Planning Commission must approve the extended moratorium at its meeting on Nov. 6.

The Commission tabled a related agenda item requesting direction on the issue for County Attorney Ann Bast Brown, rescheduling it for the meeting on Nov. 21.

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