To the Surprise of Absolutely Nobody, Collier County Cancels Cannabis
Collier County Commissioners have never been known as a progressive group of people. Especially when it comes to medical marijuana and cannabis.
In a “shocking” development, NBC-2 reports that Collier officials voted Tuesday night to continue their ban on legal (in the state of Florida) medical marijuana dispensaries. The subject was brought up during a board meeting last month where an amendment was considered. This would allow cannabis dispensaries in the same areas as pharmacies in Collier County. Of course, that discussion evolved into banning dispensaries within Collier County.
The mayor of Naples was among those strongly encouraging the commission to keep the ban in place. She urged people to be cautious about allowing medical marijuana in Collier County because of the long-term effects it has on people. It was not apparent that she had any scientific evidence of these effects.
A representative from My Florida Green raised concerns that some patients with disabilities might struggle to go to Marco Island or Bonita Springs to get their medicine. They pay a lot of money to live in Collier County and should be allowed to purchase their medicine from a dispensary near to them.
For now, people cannot buy medical marijuana in Collier County except for on Marco Island. In the meantime, expect many more dispensaries to pop up along Bonita Beach Road, just north of the Collier County line in Lee County.