Drug Free Charlotte preparing for possible Amendment 2 approval

Posted at 8:05 AM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 08:08:40-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- It's not just candidates on the ballot in next month's election.  Several constitutional amendments will be on the ballot in Florida as well.

Those amendments include one for medical marijuana.  And some in Charlotte County are already preparing for legalization, just in case.

If Amendment 2, which would allow the use of medical marijuana, does pass, it will change the way the drug is obtained and consumed across the state.

For that reason, Drug Free Charlotte, a group that aims to reduce substance abuse, is holding a policy maker's workshop Friday.  The meeting is to discuss policy strategies and ways to deal with Amendment 2 if it gets passed.

The group invited county commissioners to be a part of the conversation.  The commission would be responsible for writing any ordinances surrounding the potential passing of the new law.

This comes just days after commissioners passed a measure temporarily banning marijuana dispensaries for nine months if Amendment 2 passes.  That ban is intended to give commissioners enough time to establish certain regulations around the dispensaries.

No decisions or actions will be taken by Drug Free Charlotte board members at Friday's conference.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 10:30am to noon.