DELTONA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A non-profit group in Deltona told city council members they want to buy an old vacant Winn-Dixie on Deltona Avenue for a grow operation for medical marijuana.
A group called Coalition Against Hunger went before Deltona city commissioners in the last meeting as they discussed an ordinance that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.
Representatives with the Coalition Against Hunger asked commissioners to allow the marijuana dispensaries in certain areas. Leaders of the group said they want to create 70 to 100 jobs and raise money for their non-profit and help feed the homeless.
Deltona Barber shop is in the same plaza. James Hunter says they are not for a marijuana grow business next door.
"I don't think it would happen. A lot of times, one thing leads to another, and when it comes to marijuana, there's a lot pros and cons," he said. "A lot of times, they don't talk about the cons. I think marijuana would bring a lot of crime into this area."
In order for this plan to go through, first voters would have to approve legalized medical marijuana in Florida on the November ballot, and the group would need clearance from Deltona city commissioners who would need to loosen restrictions where dispensaries would be allowed.
City leaders are hoping to have an ordinance passed before November's vote on legalizing medical marijuana.