The Fort Myers City Council voted to move closer to a six-month ban on new medical marijuana dispensaries during its meeting Tuesday.
The decision came during the first of two public hearings that are required before a final ordinance can be formally voted on.
Patrick Day, who has lived in the area for 30 years, spoke during the public comment section of meeting, encouraging the council to reconsider the temporary ban.
“People of my generation, the stigma of marijuana is not there,” said Day. “If it’s done correctly, there is a use for it.”
Day told the council that a close friend of his, who has since passed, was a severe burn victim who was forced to purchase marijuana illegally because it was the only way to alleviate the pain of his injuries without the use of addictive opiates. Day’s wife also suffers from serious migraines that may be alleviated by medical marijuana, but that treatment is currently difficult for her to obtain due to legal restrictions.
Mayor Randy Henderson assured those in attendance that despite appearances, the ordinance