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Indian River County approves ban on medical marijuana dispensaries Indian River, Ban, County commissioner, Florida Ban

Indian River County joined many governments across the state banning dispensaries rather than accepting them as pharmacies, the only other option allowed in a state law adopted this summer.

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After vote, up to 19 dispensaries can open in Hillsborough Co. County commissioner, Snelling, zoning

Several other residents spoke in favor of more government regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries. Ellen Snelling said she voted against Amendment 2, which was overwhelming approved by voters in 2016.
"Medical marijuana is a drug. It is harmful and addictive. Limiting the number of dispensaries is a good public health policy," said Snelling.
She told commissioners she is concerned that too much access will lead to marijuana getting into the wrong hands and being used for recreation.
"Remember the pill mills? Strict regulations will help prevent pot mills," said Snelling.
 

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Hillsborough Commission votes to increase number of medical marijuana dispensaries to approximately 19 County commissioner, miller, zoning

“The pill mills were everywhere,” said Teresa Miller. We had our van stolen from our front yard one Saturday night, and it was abandoned in Brooksville with drugs in it. I don’t want this to happen again, and I don’t want that type of clientele walking through our neighborhood again.”

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Hillsborough Commissioners consider limiting medical marijuana dispensaries to 13 countywide County commissioner 4
2017 County Commision Recommendations 2017 Legislation, Testimony, County commissioner, Tampa City Council

We want to prevent what happened with Big Pharma from happening with Big Marijuana in Florida. We want to avoid the pill mill scenario we experienced several years ago.  Given the number of people dying in our state from opioid abuse be it heroin or prescription drugs we do not want to add fuel to this fire by inadequately regulating ‘medical’ marijuana dispensary zoning, licensing and locations.

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Susan Latvala: Amendment 2 threatens our communities OpEd, Children, community, County commissioner 6
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