Becker calls for Apopka City Council to re-visit Medical Marijuana ban

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter City Council Meeting previewBack in November of 2016, Florida voters approved Amendment 2 — Expand Medical Marijuana. The amendment calls for legalizing medical marijuana for individuals with specific debilitating diseases or conditions as determined by a licensed state physician. It is also designed to require the Florida Department of Health to register and regulate marijuana production and distribution centers.In response to Amendment 2, local cities like Apopka, Winter Garden, and Winter Park, chose moratoriums, and outright bans against medical marijuana. However, in a surprising vote last month, Orange County commissioners unanimously to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county. Altamonte Springs also voted in a to support the Amendment.And with the Orange County, and Altamonte Springs votes, Apopka Commissioner Kyle Becker believes its time to revisit the City Council’s vote to ban medical marijuana.“I respectfully ask this Council to re-contemplate the ban on medical marijuana within the city limits of Apopka,” wrote Becker to the City Council in a letter dated December 8th, 2017. “My request comes as a result of new developments which have occurred impacting one of the primary reasons this Council voted to support a ban. The Board of Orange County Commissioners and City of Altamonte Springs, both immediate neighbors, have recently decided not to implement similar bans. It was these anticipated bans that led staff, and many on this Council, to believe a burden would befall our city by way of increased density of these types of businesses.”Commissioner Kyle BeckerBecker, the lone Council member against the Apopka ban, has added this issue to today’s City Council meeting as part of the City Council Reports section. Now armed with the Orange County vote, and a neighboring municipality, he thinks it’s time for Apopka to follow suit.“The fact these bans did not come to fruition is a significant pivot which I believe warrants additional conversation. During the public hearing, I made my opinions on medical marijuana very clear. I believe medical marijuana to be much more beneficial to our responsible residents who depend on it as a safer alternative to legal opioids in their treatment of severe and sometimes terminal health ailments, than the unfortunate few who will undoubtedly attempt to abuse it.”He also cites a statewide vote with 71% support for Amendment 2 as evidence that this is the will of the people.“The fact is our electorate voted overwhelmingly to support this amendment to our state constitution and entrusted our elected leadership to implement it in a fair and disciplined manner. While I fully support and defend our home rule powers as municipal leaders, I also respect the efforts our colleagues in Tallahassee made in drafting a thoughtful and clear law governing the safe implementation of medical marijuana cultivation and dispensing across the state of Florida. While I personally support a broad acceptance of legally licensed medical marijuana businesses, I fully respect the concerns expressed by you, my colleagues, during the debate.”In his letter, Becker also references a vote taken in 2015 by the Apopka City Council that anticipated the coming of marijuana cultivation and dispensing.“Prior to my installment as Commissioner of Seat 4, members of this Council voted to approve Ordinance 2388 in 2015, designating geographic regions within our city in which cultivation and dispensing would be permitted, and it is in the spirit of that ordinance and prior support I hope to modify for our immediate purposes. The most noteworthy change would be to amend the language from reference to “medical marijuana dispensaries” as a specific entity to “licensed businesses dispensing medical marijuana”. This would allow any business, pharmacy or medical marijuana dispensary, to dispense medical marijuana in the previously referenced and supported geographic areas which possess a valid license issued by the state of Florida.”He also believes his alterations to the Ordinance would answer many of the concerns of the Council during the previous discussions and debates.“My proposed revisions would also allow for greater residential buffers in accordance with state law, and retain processes to treat licensed businesses intending to dispense medical marijuana as a special exception in commercial, industrial, and agricultural districts within the approved geographic locations. This approach allows for case by case flexibility, yet provides practical limitations to thwart perceptions that growth in this market could become out of control.”The Apopka City Council meeting is tonight at 7 PM at the Council Chambers of the Apopka City Hall – 120 East Main Street in Apopka 32703. Bravo Mama Kia , my sentiments exactly, keep the bars and clubs out of Apopka , yes on the Medical Marijuana dispensaries, if we don’t you can bet they will set up right at the county lines, just like the one and only bar on 436, and we won’t have any control at all. December 20, 2017 at 11:14 am Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 I want you to know I am not against alcohol. I happen to drink myself also. However, there are certain things that need to be carefully considered when legislators pass ordinances that greatly affect the safety and welfare of its residents. They that pass these amendments are opening a can of worms! Please, I urge you to come to the Apopka City Council meeting, which will be tonight, at 7pm….Wed. Dec. 20th, 2017, and fill out a speaker card and give to the city clerk before the council meeting starts, and speak out against the alcohol amendments that they plan on passing on the final reading tonight. Stand up for what is right in this city! It is not just their city, this city belongs to all of us who live here, work here, and do and have businesses here…..XOXOXOXOXOXOXs!!! Reply My husband also lost a uncle, that was his mother’s brother, that we both loved and cherished, to a drunk driver. His uncle was killed heading home back to Sanford, after being at my husband parent’s place, where he lived back then in Sanford, and was on that road that I believe is 435, not sure, but the one that goes to Mt. Plymouth that passes by the Mt. Plymouth homes subdivision near where the Wekiva Parkway or 429 comes across and they are doing all the construction work there now…. December 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm Please enter your name here Reply December 20, 2017 at 11:01 am December 20, 2017 at 11:45 am Good job Mr Becker! If Apopka does not join in, everyone around us will benefit except Apopka. And, it’s my understanding that there are nurseries in Apopka that are going to be providing the product. Mama Mia Please enter your comment! Reply Reply December 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm Mama Mia Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. That’s mama mia James1958 Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply When my husband and I got the news of his uncle’s death, we both happened to be at my mom’s home. My husband’s dad came to my mom’s to see if we were there, and told us what had happened. Now, my husband’s father was known around area, as one very tough and hard working man, not emotional at all, but that day he had tears in his eyes….I had never ever saw my father-in-law cry until that day…….. The Anatomy of Fear December 20, 2017 at 11:53 am December 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia You can ask around at the council, before the meeting starts, as to where to get your speaker card to fill out, to hand to the city clerk before the meeting starts, someone will show you how. I am certain there will be various speakers there FOR the alcohol amendments, so if you are AGAINST these alcohol amendments that will greatly expand alcohol establishments all over the city limits, and put us residents at a greater risk of drunk drivers please come and voice your opposition! Reply December 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm December 20, 2017 at 11:12 am Latest news from Channel 6 Orlando at noon news ….a well known country singer has just been arrested in Lake County, Florida for a DUI or maybe it’s DWI, not sure which, coming from a bar in Tavares…..get ready Apopka! December 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm […] Becker calls for Apopka City Council to re-visit Medical Marijuana ban  The Apopka VoiceFull coverage […] And while I agree with Commissioner Becker on this issue of the medical marijuana, I totally disagree with Commissioner Becker on his vote at the Dec. 6th first reading of amending the alcohol ordinance, to allow for alcohol establishments right next to churches, daycares, government building, and amending the footage to allow alcohol establishments much closer from 750 foot buffers down to 500 foot buffers closer to where your children go to schools!! Not good, not good for this city, this will open the door for all kinds of expansion into all types of alcohol and all types of alcohol establishments all over this city…..it is not a” quality of life improvement” for this city at all! We do not need to end up like places in Orange County that have these very same laws like out on South Orange Blossom Trail for example! Get ready Apopka for seedy and sleazy! Apopka banned medical marijuana dispensaries, but sure wants to allow expanded alcohol all over this city! Wrong for a family oriented city! We have places where drinking of alcohol is allowed, but to place them and allow for them, right next to sacred churches, and daycares, and closer to schools….a big fat NO! Please come to the city council and voice your opposition if you do not approve the amendments to our cities’ alcohol ordinance. They also want to amend it to allow alcohol sales at 7am, that was 11am on Sundays to respect the churches, 7am daily in fact, and 2am cutoffs that I believe was 12am …..is the other parts of the amendments….I ask for your help, as they are a hard- headed bunch up there sitting in those council seats, that do not listen to their residents’ wishes, have their minds made up before even listening to the residents that vote for them or (maybe against them, in the near future)….. just like the marijuana issue, they didn’t listen!…..the alcohol establishment have a right to exist of course, but not jammed right next to other places not compatible! Reply Reply center_img December 21, 2017 at 5:26 am December 20, 2017 at 12:13 pm Mama Mia Becker calls for Apopka City Council to re-visit Medical Marijuana ban – C4 FL I think Commissioner Becker has a very valid point to ask for this issue of the medical marijuana dispensaries to be considered in the City of Apopka municipal boundaries, and for the ban to be revoked, and a plan for them to be allowed, to be discussed, and implemented. I understand that Longwood and Groveland are the latest cities I have heard of that are going to further look into and figure out what to do considering their own cities’ interest. As Commissioner Becker points out, this was put on the ballot and the majority of the state’s voters approved for the medical marijuana to be available and to become a reality. It would help so many people with their serious health issues, and especially terminally ill children who are suffering as I sit and type this. Many of those children who needed it, and have been in the news on tv, have died while this issue has been debated over and over, and on and on, then the authorities sitting on local government councils have ignored the state voters’ wishes that they clearly voted for at the ballot box……. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate December 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm 18 COMMENTS If these alcohol amendments pass tonight, which I fully expect to happen, as the last vote was a 3-2….3 for it, and 2 against it, with Commissioner Dean and Commissioner Bankson both voting NO, and Mayor Kilsheimer voting YES, Commissioner Velazquez voting YES, and Commissioner Becker voting YES….then all I can do, is say I tried to stand up for what is right for my city I live in! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here I have known people with seizures who could have been helped, if they could have gotten it. And just the other day, I talked with a man I know who told me he was going to go to a doctor, to seek getting medical marijuana for his very severe back pain, and asked me where could he get it. I told him, well, I think there is a dispensary over near Lake Ivanhoe area, not sure exactly where, or possibly Oviedo, but don’t bother looking for it in the City of Apopka limits because the city council majority placed a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries…..I told him to place a call to Knox Nursery, as they would know………. Reply Mama Mia Reply Reply December 20, 2017 at 11:57 am Reply Reply Mama Mia December 20, 2017 at 11:25 am Reply December 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm Whether these alcohol amendments pass or not, I ask you to seriously think about your drinking and to not drink and drive, at least, and to call someone for a ride home that has not been drinking either, if you have been drinking. IT IS NOT WORTH IT AND COULD GET YOU INTO SOME SERIOUS TROUBLE AND COST YOU DEARLY. I am not just carrying on and on about this for no reason…… Barbara McLeod Reply Mama Mia ……and leave things to come, to fate, with this final thought and prayer….”God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.” Mama Mia Reply December 21, 2017 at 5:25 am TAGSAmendment 2Apopka City CouncilCommissioner Kyle BeckerMedical Marijuana Previous articleHurricane Irma: 100 days laterNext articleDreading conflict during the holidays? Let it go, let it go, let it go Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR James1958 Mama Mia Yes log on to the Channel 6 Orlando News and you can read about this country singer’s arrest, and how that went! This is the kind of happenings that can be expected regularly when alcohol establishments will be allowed to be nearer schools, and right next to daycares, churches, and government buildings! What are they thinking by voting these kind of amendments in, to allow our city to suffer these problems in the future??? December 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm Mama Mia LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply It was a head-on crash, as there was a slight hill there then, as the road has been changed, and as my husband’s uncle as he came up to the hill’s approach, he was met by a drunk driver and his uncle tried to swerve to the right toward the grassy shoulder but to no avail, as the drunk driver’s car still hit him head on and killed him. The drunk was not killed, and he was not from this area but from way down south in Florida. We never heard anymore what they did with him, if anything. Finally, I will leave this alcohol subject alone for good, here on this website during these alcohol amendment planned changes, and leave things to come to fate will this final thought and prayer…… Mama Mia Reply last_img read more

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Bale fee was not enough – Sherwood

first_imgTottenham got a world-record fee for Gareth Bale but head coach Tim Sherwood cannot help feeling they were short-changed. After a marvellous few years at White Hart Lane, the 24-year-old last summer swapped north London for Real Madrid in a record-breaking 100million euros (£85.3million) deal. The gargantuan fee raised more than a few eyebrows but Bale has not wilted under the pressure brought by the price tag. Press Association The winger has shone in his debut campaign in Spain and so far netted 20 goals, the latest being Wednesday’s outstanding solo strike that secured Madrid the Copa del Rey crown at the expense of Barcelona. The strength, speed and composure shown by Bale in scoring left onwatchers open-mouthed and reinforced Spurs head coach Sherwood’s belief that Tottenham should have got more money for him. “His fee looks cheap now,” Sherwood said. “If he is going to deliver them the European Cup – which it looks like he might – then that looks good business [for Madrid]. “To have Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale – he’s a freak of nature what you see there. “When he was running on the track he’d run past three old ladies eating a hamburger and come back on the pitch, and still be fastest to the ball. “Look at his goal, he was playing against Barcelona, he’s had a great season.” Sherwood sent Bale a text message after Madrid’s win saying ‘Well done mate, keep it going’, but laughed as he revealed he did not get one back. It is no surprise given the number of well-wishers, which included the world’s best player present and past, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, at the end of a game that left those connected with Spurs wondering what could have been. This season has been a tumultuous one at White Hart Lane and Champions League qualification is now almost certainly beyond them. “Give me Gareth Bale and I think we might have been realistic challengers for the top four this season,” Sherwood said. “You saw what Gareth did – eight winning goals last season out of 21 goals and nine assists. If you put them on to our season it would have a different complexion. “Speculation was rife at the time – nearly as long as the speculation surrounding me. “He certainly dealt with it and I think to be fair, he wanted to go. Once a player wants to go, it is very difficult to keep him. Unless you are Liverpool of course.” last_img read more

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