CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Cape Coral city officials have confirmed that a medical marijuana dispensary is coming to Cape Coral's South Cape business district. The dispensary, operated by Canadian pharmaceutical company Liberty Health Sciences, will go in the former BB&T Bank on Southeast 47 Terrace.
"Prohibition is over, and it looks like Prohibition is over for medical marijuana too," said Elmer Tabor, owner of the South Cape Towne Center, across the street from the future dispensary.
He believes it could mean more money rolling into businesses in his plaza.
"Everybody that walks in that door is going to see Tropical Furniture across the street," Tabor said. "Really, it could help these businesses."
Angela Stanton, who owns Family Traditions Home Decor and Furnishings a few doors down from the former bank, is looking forward to the dispensary opening for business.
"I have fibromyalgia," she said. "I think it's going to be great because now we have a place close by where we can get medical marijuana."
Still, some like Marybeth Eisman - who just moved to Cape Coral - hopes that dispensaries don't start popping up like weeds all over town.
"I have no opposition to marijuana, medically or recreationally," she said. "I just don't want to see a whole industry where there's a place like that in every shopping strip."
Fox 4 reached out to Liberty Health Sciences - which owns several other dispensaries in Florida - to ask when exactly they plan to open the location in Cape Coral, but have yet to hear back. City officials said the building must first pass fire inspections.