Naples, Fla., - Naples city leaders are already discussing if they'll allow medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits. The city attorney wants to pass an ordinance now, to protect the city from state mandates if it becomes legal.
"What I saw here and what I'm seeing everywhere is that people don't understand the intent and the way the bill is written," said Veora Little, Volunteer Coordinator for the grassroots group, Vote NO on 2.
Little explained her concerns about having medical marijuana dispensaries in Naples to the city's Planning Advisory Board on Wednesday.
"Its not a pharmacy it's a pot shop," said Little. "Its not even controlled by pharmacies its not regulated." "This is not medicine."
The planning board looked at three choices; banning the dispensaries, allowing them near Naples Community Hospital, or allowing them in commercial areas mostly along U.S. 41. Members decided to table the idea until next month.
"I think some of the members of the board would like to study it more before giving it to city council," said Planning Advisory Board member, John Carillo.
WINK News found out six municipalities across the state have either adopted ordinances or are in the process of adopting them. Rick Hinman just returned to Southwest Florida from his other home in Colorado. Marijuana is legal there for recreational use.
"In Vail, all the dispensaries are outside city limits," said Hinman. "Vail, Naples, one in the same isn't it?"
Other people tell us, its important to make medical marijuana available to anyone who needs it.
"People need it to survive," said Keith Thompson. "Easier for them to get it, so they don't have to go out of town to get it."
The planning advisory board will discuss the issue again at their meeting on September, 10th.