City leaders in Daphne, Foley and Spanish Fort did not face any opposition over the potential of opening a medical marijuana dispensary within their respective cities.
“No public comments, nothing,” said Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan, whose council voted last week to allow for a dispensary within city limits.
But it’s a different story in Fairhope, less than a half-hour drive from those three cities in Baldwin County.
Some Fairhope council members said they were “inundated” with opposition over a proposed city ordinance that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary to operate within city limits.
As such, the council killed the measure on Monday night. Not one of the council’s five members agreed to bring the matter up for a vote.
Fairhope now may be only the second city in Alabama to step away from the state’s evolving medical marijuana industry that is expected to roll out next June. Pelham, on January 24, issued a proclamation that outlines several reasons why it does not want to host a dispensary.
“I think, for the most part, the council did not hear from many people in support of medical cannabis in Fairhope,” said Fairhope Mayor Sherry Sullivan, who doesn’t have a vote on the council. “They felt like they heard from a lot of folks who spoke out against medical cannabis. It doesn’t mean they can’t come back in the future (and reconsider), but I don’t see that happening now.”