Palmetto, Florida -- Vic's Performance Transmission set up shop in East Palmetto in 2005. The owners just learned their new neighbors after this November may be medicinal marijuana dispensaries.
"They wouldn't be good in my area," says Tracy Agramonte, co-owner of Vic's Performance Transmission.
A proposed city ordinance would restrict dispensaries to three of the city's heavy commercial and industrialized zones.
"Just like an alcohol ordinance we don't want it next to a school, next to a church. It's not in the best interest of residents or other businesses,' says City of Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover.
Groover says the land use ordinance is a pro-active move because without one she says, "My main concern would be they be popping up everywhere."
In Colorado the dispensaries operate like most retail stores.
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Palmetto's proposed ordinance also calls for no loitering, no drive-thru service, no consumption of alcohol at the facility or right of way, and dispensaries are to be 300 feet from a school, day care center, day care home, park or other dispensary. The dispensaries are required to undergo annual security review by police. Operating hours are limited from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
An ordinance in Palmetto might limit where medical marijuana dispensaries might be located.
Even so, Vic's owners worry about the kind of trouble the cash-only businesses may bring. Agramonte says, "More threat for robberies too many people around too much cash around."
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Agramonte suggests putting the medicinal marijuana dispensaries in rural areas. "Where businesses are not close to us so to keep the danger away from the rest of us," she said. The danger says Tracey is the "crime."
Recent polls show 70 percent of Floridians support legalizing medicinal marijuana.
"The first priority is the health and safety welfare of the community and business owners investing in this," says Groover.
The City of Palmetto Commission meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday. Commissioners are expected to set two public hearings one for Sept. 8 and Sept. 22.