MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A big victory for medical marijuana users. A vote by the City of Miami Commission Thursday morning ends a long legal battle over whether dispensaries should be allowed.

“If you’re in the middle of Miami in rush hour traffic, it could take it could be 30-45 minutes,” Michael Montouri said.

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Montouri has a medical marijuana card and for years he has had to leave the city to get his prescription filled.

“For me and a lot of people it’s anxiety related so dealing with that is extremely important,” he explained.

Soon he may be able to get medical marijuana closer to where he lives in Miami instead of having to travel to the next city over.

“This was a precedent setting vote in the City of Miami where on a 3-2 vote we are allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the city of Miami for the first time,” District 2 Commissioner Ken Russell said.

Commissioner Russell favors giving patients an alternative to getting their medical marijuana, but other commissioners are against it.

“This is going to be all over, you’re going to see people smoking pot in the street,” District 4 Commissioner Manolo Reyes said.

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