Florida Medical Marijuana Voting: Cities Propose Moratorium
Florida medical marijuana voting on Amendment 2 is finally here. This means the state will decide whether marijuana laws should be permitted for medical purposes or should remain prohibited by current regulations.
Voting Day for Florida Medical Marijuana on Amendment 2
Only 60% of votes need to be in favor of voting yes for amendment 2 to allow medical marijuana in Florida. Cities in the state, like West Palm Beach, are already in a panic. Attorney Kimberly Rothenburg proposed to the city’s official board of commission that if the bill’s Amendment 2 passes, there be an immediate moratorium to take control of the situation. “We would recommend it as well, until we could look at whatever land use regulations need to be addressed,” Rothenburg stated. Luckily, new laws take time to take full effect, and if the Amendment 2 bill is passed, it is going to take more than a day – in fact, it could take even up to a year – for Florida medical marijuana to be permitted to be sold in dispensary shop locations. These changes aren’t going to be occurring rapidly, just as this November voting on the amendment happened gradually over time.
West Palm Beach isn’t the only city in Florida trying to be proactive about tonight’s vote. The city of Delray Beach has also made it clear that a moratorium would be the most appropriate action to take if the voting majority is in favor of the bill’s amendment. “The moratorium is intended as a proactive measure to preserve our rights to analyze and regulate uses in advance of what may be pending state legislation,” Mayor Cary Glickstein went on to express in detail. “We have a vulnerable population and public-safety concerns that don’t need additional complications — which supersede any legitimate medical reasons that can lead to abuses — as is the case with other controlled substances.” Preventative measures and precautionary steps are being put in place prior to tonight’s voting on amendment 2 in Florida to avoid any potential negative outcomes from drastic decisions that could result if Florida medical marijuana is permitted. All the moratorium would constitute is a temporary suspension of dispensary shops selling medical marijuana, which is similar to what took place in Washington when the state underwent the process of their medical marijuana amendment. In this allotted amount of time, the moratorium would provide officials enough time to gain knowledge on how to properly mandate Florida medical marijuana and see how the state is reacting. There are no guidelines or books on the sale of Florida medical marijuana, so it is a new process for Florida that would take adjustments over much time if the bill passes.
Not all officials were in favor of the moratorium. Commissioner Adam Frankel didn’t believe the board should be jumping to any conclusions prior to the vote. “It could be a moot issue,” Frankel explained. “When you have a ballot initiative where you are asking the public to vote on an issue, you should go based on the will of the people as opposed to five individuals who are voting on it on the same night.” The official verdict on approval for the moratorium will be announced on November 18.
As for now, voting on Amendment 2 that will determine whether Florida medical marijuana will be permitted or not is today! Florida residents – your votes matter.
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