Marco Island thinking of temporary ban on medical marijuana

Posted at 11:00 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 23:00:20-05

The City of Marco Island plans to discuss banning medical marijuana dispensaries while they wait for state legislation to pass.

"They are discussing it tomorrow at the planning board meeting. They are talking about putting it off for as long as 12 months," said Irv Povlow, a long time resident of Marco Island.

But some people who voted in favor of passing medical marijuana don't want to wait that long for it to start making a difference in people's lives.

"I see no reason to wait," said Kathy Kurtz. "I think it is helping people.  I don't see a reason why not to allow it," she added.

Some people believe the drug can help those suffering from chronic diseases.

"I have a friend with rheumatoid arthritis and she's been approved, it helps her and it helps a lot of people medically. It helps children with epilepsy and people with cancer. It is a helping drug," said Mershon Niesner. 

Other people think doing it right the first time will help more people in the long run.

"It is just a matter of having the proper kind of dispensary and a little more regulation," said Povlow.

Other people living on the island see alcohol as a greater danger than people abusing medicinal marijuana.

"Alcohol is legal and it does more damage from what I've seen in people than most other substances so you know why is this any different."

The City of Marco Island's planning board will discuss the topic in a meeting on Friday.