Rita Chamberlain, associate director and CFO of Drug Free Manatee, saluted the Bradenton City Council on Wednesday for finalizing its ban on allowing any more medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
“I’m thrilled the council feels there is no local room to regulate this even if you are not opposed to dispensaries,” Chamberlain said following a unanimous vote to enact the ban. “It’s important to have local control to regulate this going forward.”
Chamberlain said there are still too many unknowns, as well as litigation surrounding Amendment 2, which allowed the use of medical marijuana in Florida.
“Waiting to see how that all plays out is an effective policy-making decision,” she said. “There is no harm in being patient.”
Wednesday’s vote came after the city’s second public hearing on enacting the ban. On Sept. 27, the council indicated that the ban may not be permanent. City attorney Bill Lisch said the ban was the simplest way to approach the subject until regulatory requirements and potential legal actions are sorted out.
“There are going to be changes,” he said. “I