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Medicinal marijuana supporters concerned about local bans

Posted at 1:13 AM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 06:24:34-04

The Village of Estero will vote on whether to extend its moratorium on medicinal marijuana dispensaries at a meeting November 15th.

The moratorium expires in December.  

"We are a pill popping society, and it is time people have access to a plant that grows out of the ground that has killed no one in history," said Nick Garulay, president of My Florida Green.

The company facilitates medical marijuana recommendations in Florida.

Gurulay tried to convince the village to not to ban access to medical marijuana, but Estero Mayor Jim Boesch says two dispensaries will be opening in Ft. Myers.  Boesch doesn't think it will be a problem for people to travel there for treatment.

Voters overwhelmingly approved a consitutional amendment last fall legalizing medicinal marijuana.
The law allows municipalities around the state to opt out if they don't want dispensaries in their communities.

Garulay thinks the skeptics are still getting used to medical marijuana as mainstream drug.

"Politicians are trying to digest the fact, people did pass it, it was an overwhelming response."

Many who spoke at the cannibis symposium believe in medical marijuana's ability to heal a wide range of ailments, and even help those addicted to heroin.

"Our very own president declared a national emergency, due to the opioid epidemic, and I can tell you, Florida certainly has their fare share of those problems," said Tripp Keber, CEO of Dixie Brands, and keynote speaker at the event.

Gurulay says he plans to lobby the Collier County Commission not to extend the county's moratorium on dispensaries, which expires next month.