Miami’s de facto ban on medical marijuana dispensaries took a big hit. Last week, U.S. District Judge Michael K. Moore ruled federal court has no jurisdiction over where medical marijuana dispensaries are located in the city.
As a result, Moore approved a request by a pair of prominent downtown Miami landowners who oppose the ban to send their April 21 lawsuit against the city back to Miami-Dade Circuit Court. Miami had the complaint moved to federal court a month later.
Separate entities led by the landowners, Marc Roberts and Romie Chaudhari, want to open medical marijuana dispensaries at two different locations, but have been unable to do so because the city won’t issue certificates of occupancy for the two properties, according to the lawsuit.
Roberts, a Miami-based real estate investor who is a co-developer of the E11even Hotel & Residences Miami condo project and co-owns E11even nightclub, owns a 6,250-square-foot nightclub space at 60 Northeast 11th Street.
Chaudhari, a Los Angeles-based real estate investor and owner of the Swansea City English Premier League soccer club, owns the 11,250-square-foot property next door at