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Collier County continues ban on medical marijuana dispensaries

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Posted at 7:31 AM, Feb 14, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-15 05:15:52-05

NAPLES, Fla. — Collier County Commissioners voted to continue their ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the county on Tuesday.

Commissioners approved an ordinance banning the establishment or location of medical marijuana dispensing facilities within the unincorporated Collier County.

The discussion came up in a meeting on January 24. The commission had the opportunity to classify dispensaries under the same zoning as pharmacies, however, they decided to just ban dispensaries altogether.

“I’m of the opinion that we should end the discussion and not permit medical marijuana dispensaries. At some point we can always repeal that ordinance,” said Burt L. Saunders, District 3 commissioner.

Chairman Rick LoCastro added that anyone who needed marijuana for medical reasons could drive to Marco Island.

“People who are getting benefit from it can drive to Marco Island most people I know that use it have it mailed to their homes,” he said.

He also said that across the county line, there are over 30 dispensaries available to all citizens.