Boca Raton City Council defies voter’s wishes for medical marijuana

Boynton Beach, Fla – October 25, 2017 – The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County (LPmedical-marijuana-free-license Palm Beach), the third largest political party in Palm Beach County, is voicing its displeasure with the City of Delray Beach and the City of Boca Raton’s recent decisions to continue their bans on medical marijuana dispensaries. Last night, the Boca Raton city council decided to continue its anti-business, anti-free market attitude with another one-year moratorium on medical marijuana treatment centers. LP Palm Beach finds such decisions to be contrary to Boca Raton voters wishes when they overwhelmingly voted in favor of cannabis’ use for medical purposes.

Karl Dickey, Chair of LP Palm Beach, said last night, “We thank Robert Weinroth’s sole decision to honor the voters of Boca Raton. Like us, 76 percent of voters in Boca Raton voted in favor of this medical marijuana expansion, yet only one city council member was honorable enough to respect our vote. It is a shame others chose wanting more power over honoring the will of the people; however, for some, their choice will come back to bite them at the ballot box next year. We are not talking about freewheeling pot smokers here, which remains illegal under Florida Statute, we are talking about legitimate patients in need of relief for their ailments. This evening’s vote was a vote against patients, against business, and worst of all, against the voters.”

Mayor Susan Haynie, who has filed to run for Palm Beach County Commission next year, expressed her desire for more regulation of the businesses even though this industry is one of the, if not the heaviest regulated industry in the state. Haynie, Rodgers, O’Rourke, and Singer voted to continue the ban while Weinroth voted to end the ban. City Council member Andrea O’Rourke had earlier said that she was going to respect the vote by the people of Boca Raton by voting against the ban’s continuation; however, she ultimately voted to continue it for another year.

While LP Palm Beach has serious issues with the heavy regulation in the medical marijuana state statute, it was in favor of Amendment 2’s passage in 2016. LP Palm Beach did not want the issue to be enshrined in the state’s constitution; however, since the Florida legislature chose not to act on the will of the people, the people voted to do it instead.



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  1. PBFREEPRESSSTAFF (There’s no author listed for this article)

    We got very little input from residents, business owners, or workers in our city.. and those I did hear from were more on the side against than for. I’m elected to represent the residents of the city of Boca Raton, not the residents of Delray, Boynton, or greater Palm Beach County.

    If you watched or attended the meeting, you might have noted the very big differences between the amendment that was passed by over 70% of our voters and the dispensary ban that we were looking at last night on the council. As I said in the meeting, I am 100% against criminalization of marijuana (medical or otherwise) for use by individuals. Residents or workers of Boca still have easy access, either via delivery or via a 5-10 minuted trip to powerline or deerfield.

    Voters voted for the medical use of marijuana, and the state has done a very poor job of implementing that thus far. It’s not yet being treated like any other drug. In Boca, we regulate many things.. car dealerships, adult entertainment, bar locations, landscaping, signage, etc etc etc. The state’s current implementation pre-empts many of the local controls and options that we have for nearly any other business. We simply said, let’s take a wait and see approach, let them fix things at the state level, and then we’ll take another look in the very near future. The local level is exactly where these kinds of differences should occur, and there’s no rush to give dispensaries preferential treatment (due to preemption) that we wouldn’t give many other uses.

    Respectfully,
    Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers

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