Marc Roberts, Michael Comras Plan Miami Medical Pot Shops

Michael Comras and Marc Roberts with Google Street View of the properties at 60 Northeast 11th Street, 6901 Biscayne Boulevard, 2222 Northwest Fifth Avenue and 172 West Flagler Street all in Miami (Google Maps, University of Miami)

Michael Comras and Marc Roberts with Google Road View of the properties at 60 Northeast eleventh Road, 6901 Biscayne Boulevard, 2222 Northwest Fifth Avenue and 172 West Flagler Road all in Miami (Google Maps, College of Miami)

South Florida actual property buyers and builders Marc Roberts and Michael Comras are the primary to push for medical marijuana shops in Miami, after the town’s de-facto ban on the use went up in smoke final month.

Roberts and Comras, in addition to licensed medical marijuana supplier The Flowery, are asking the Miami Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board to overturn the zoning administrator’s denial of their requests for certificates of use for dispensaries. The board is anticipated to vote July 6.

The push is the most recent within the ongoing feud between actual property homeowners and medical pot suppliers towards the Miami administration, with Metropolis Lawyer Victoria Méndez lengthy arguing the use shouldn’t be allowed as a result of federal legislation deems medical marijuana as unlawful.

Nonetheless, proponents now could have a leg up because the Miami Metropolis Fee in Might went towards Méndez’s opinion and voted 3-2 to permit the primary dispensary at 90 Northeast eleventh Road, a downtown constructing owned by Roberts and Los Angeles-based actual property investor Romie Chaudhari.

Now, Roberts is again, with an entity he leads asking to open a dispensary at 60 Northeast eleventh Road, an adjoining constructing he additionally owns, based on the planning and zoning board assembly agenda.

An affiliate of Comras, CEO of Miami Seashore-based The Comras Firm, desires to open a retailer at its two-story retail constructing at 6901 Biscayne Boulevard within the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District.

The Flowery, led by CEO Elad Kohen and one of many 22 licensed medical hashish suppliers in Florida, seeks to open a dispensary at two Moishe Mana-owned buildings, the one-story warehouse at 2222 Northwest Fifth Avenue in Wynwood, and the three-story workplace constructing at 172 West Flagler Road in downtown Miami, based on property information and the assembly agenda.

Miami Zoning Administrator Daniel Goldberg had denied issuing the candidates’ certificates of use final 12 months. Though the use is allowed within the state, Miami laws require the town to comply with the extra restrictive legislation when there are conflicts between state and federal guidelines, Méndez has mentioned prior to now.

Louis Terminello, the lawyer for the 4 purposes, mentioned the town lawyer’s “opinion is completely different from nearly 2,000 different municipal metropolis attorneys throughout the nation.”

Roberts, Comras and The Flowery can open dispensaries if the planning board votes of their favor, though the town zoning workplace can attraction the vote to commissioners.

Final 12 months, after the zoning workplace appealed the planning board’s favorable resolution for a dispensary at 90 Northeast eleventh Road, Roberts and Chaudhari, by means of an affiliate, sued the town.

Miami’s protection technique hinged on having the case moved to federal court docket, the place the town might argue federal prohibition outdated the state’s medical marijuana constitutional modification. In September of final 12 months, Decide Ok. Michael Moore dominated in any other case, writing in his order that the state permits for cities to ban or regulate the use, however the metropolis by no means did.

“Sadly, for the town, this court docket has no jurisdiction to satisfy their tasks on their behalf,” Moore wrote.

Méndez and Goldberg didn’t instantly return requests for remark. The town additionally has not responded to inquiries concerning creating zoning laws for dispensaries.

For the reason that fee’s resolution in Might to approve the use, Terminello mentioned he has seen pent-up curiosity that’s more likely to flip into purposes.

“What actually must occur right here,” he mentioned, “is the town fee and its employees have to get up to the truth that we want an ordinance that regulates medical marijuana dispensaries within the metropolis.”

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