For more than two and a half years, the City of Miami has been hashing it out with two plaintiffs — MRC44, LLC, and 60 NE 11th, LLC, entities managed by Los Angeles entrepreneur Romie Chaudhari — that want to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 90 NE 11th St., near the nightclubs Space and E11even in the Park West neighborhood.
Though medical marijuana was legalized in Florida five years ago, Miami’s city bureaucracy has yet to grant a single permit for a dispensary. The ostensible stumbling block: the federal government’s classification of pot as an illegal drug.
The city insists that the 2016 Florida constitutional amendment making medical weed legal under state law is countermanded by the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which bans cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
Plaintiffs argue it’s the former. The city says it won’t grant the requisite certificate of use owing to the latter.
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