The City of Jacksonville Beach is set to ban all medical cannabis dispensaries Monday November 20th at 7PM. Their position on the matter is very clear, and a unanimous vote to pass this permanent moratorium is certain. City leaders have stated at the meeting held November 6, 2017 that despite medical cannabis being a constitutional right to the 81% of people who live in their beautiful city, they will not allow more Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs) to develop. Currently, only two dispensaries are allowed to offer their selection of medical cannabis forcing patients to pay high delivery fees or the cost of distant travel for access. Patients should not be looked at or treated as an outcast of society because of their choice to use medical cannabis over deathly pharmaceuticals.
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These officials seem to think that of the two options given to them by the state on implementing MMTC’s in their community, “To regulate dispensaries like pharmacies or ban them altogether”, that they must ban them all together. This will leave thousands without access to this life saving constitutional right which is Florida resident’s constitutional right to safe medicine.
By not allowing people to have access to medical cannabis they are perpetuating death and sickness in the community and obstructing the will of 81% of their constituents. Veteran’s who fought for our country need cannabis. More that 20 veterans die a day in Florida as a result of suicide which if they had access to medical cannabis over pharmaceuticals, their deaths could have been prevented. Medical Cannabis is the only safe alternative to deathly pharmaceuticals such as opioids and benzodiazepines. The death rate in Florida from opioids rose 35% between 2015 and 2016 according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Many people will die without access and patients have suffered enough. Residents of Jacksonville Beach will continue to suffer at the hands of ignorant council members who think it is ok to home rule a state right to medicine.
The Planning Commission has advised the council members to vote for the ban. Please call these city leaders and tell them to carry out the will of their voters. Voting to permanently ban dispensaries only shows that they are not willing to execute what their constituents rights. The people will remember how these council members.
The final hearing will take place November 20th at 7PM, 11 3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-6930. If you are available to attend this hearing and speak on behalf of the 71.3% of Florida and the 81% of the City of Jacksonville Beach please let your voices be heard. Please be respectful when addressing the council on this issue even though it is a sensitive and passionate subject.
Far too many people have lost their lives over the cost and access to medical cannabis. Do not let these city leaders sentence your loved ones to death because of their ignorance on the positive impact dispensaries can have on a community. Together we can make change happen.
Floridians for Cannabis has created a Call To Action to help the 81% of Jacksonville Beach. The most recent victory came out of Orange County where residents of the community showed up by the dozens to let their voices be heard and not allow their city leaders to obstruct the will of the people.
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Please let the leaders of the City of Jacksonville Beach know dispensaries are a good thing for their community!
Mayor Charlie Latham
Term Expires 11/2020