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Petition for Safe Access to Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in Collier County

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We the citizens of Collier County hold that licensed Medical Cannabis access is critical to the letter and spirit of Amendment 2. Florida voters made very clear our intent when we voiced our agreement to Legal Medical Marijuana by an overwhelming vote of 71.3% in favor of Florida's Amendment 2. This vote amended Article X, Section 29, to allow the "Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions," with a physician’s recommendation and stands aside from limited "Compassionate Use" law, 381.986, Florida Statutes, and chapter 2016- 123, Laws of Florida. We further hold that the moratorium proposed in Collier County places local patients' access to this legal medication at undue risk.

On February 14, 2017, Collier County Board of Commissioners convened their regular meeting. One of the last minute agenda items was to vote on a 6 month moratorium on safe patient access to cannabis within the county. During the meeting the Board of Commissioners upped their original intent and voted on a 12 MONTH moratorium instead; effectively blocking safe and local access to legal medical cannabis.  

This action is in blatant disregard to the 64.3% of Collier citizens who voted to have safe access to medical cannabis. In addition, the moratorium presents an unjust and unsafe proposition for all patients in Collier County and unilaterally removes our citizens’ rights to safe local access to cannabis medication.

UPDATE: This initiative comes up again on May 9, 2017 [new proposed date] for a final vote. In addition to signing this petition, please consider attending this meeting prepared to speak to voice your opposition to this unnecessary prohibition of dispensaries. 

Board of County Commissioners

Date: 05/09/17 9:00 AM

Location: Board of County Commissioners 3rd Floor, Collier County Government Center  299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112

In this county we have no problem allowing pharmacies housing far more dangerous medications on every street corner to provide ease of access to medications for our ill or elderly patients. It makes no sense we would deny ready and convenient access of medical cannabis to these same ill or elderly patients. 

By signing this petition you are letting your Commissioners know the citizens of Collier have already made our voice clear when we voted for access to medical cannabis and we have no intention of allowing further discrimination against this medication that has proven helpful for so many different diseases. It is up to us to protect the Amendments we put in place, therefore we must demand our Board of County Commissioners allow licensed dispensaries to begin to operate in Collier County at the earliest opportunity.

Additional ways you can be involved: 

1. Voice your concern in email to:

Donna Fiala, District 1 Email: DonnaFiala@colliergov.net

Andy Solis, Esq. Vice Chairman, District 2 Email: AndySolis@colliergov.net

Burt L. Saunders, District 3 Email: BurtSaunders@colliergov.net

Penny Taylor, Chairman, District 4 Email: PennyTaylor@colliergov.net

William L. McDaniel, Jr., District 5 Email: BillMcDaniel@colliergov.net

2: Consider asking for a face to face with your commissioner.

3. Consider attending the Collier Planning Commission meeting on April 9, 2017.

4. Consider attending and speaking to the Commissioners during any meeting during the public comment times.

5. Write a Letter to the Editor to http://static.naplesnews.com/letters-to-the-editor/

 
We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to allow for safe access to Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in Collier County without delay and to vote down any moratorium on the Medical Cannabis Businesses that may seek to begin operation in the county.



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