Dear Mayor and Council,
I understand you have a second reading on an ordinance allowing for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries on Key Biscayne. Our community is very concerned about this issue and I would urge you to proceed with caution for the following reasons:
1, By prohibiting brick and mortar stores on Key Biscayne you ARE NOT DENYING access to those who need marijuana for medical reasons. There are currently 5 DISPENSARIES within a 10 mile radius of Key Biscayne. Furthermore, one can order one's medical marijuana online or by telephone and it is DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR for free within 24 hours. The 5 dispensaries are Surterra Wellness (1523 Alton Road, Miami Beach), Liberty Health Sciences (6827 SW 40th Street, Miami), Curaleaf (9002 S. Dadeland Blvd. Miami), Trulieve (4020 Northwest 26th Street, Miami), Trulieve (9600 SW 77th Ave. Miami).
2. By prohibiting Medical Marijuana Dispensaries for now, you retain local jurisdiction to regulate a local matter that is evolving in Tallahassee as we speak. Do not give up the Village's right to legislate on this matter without having settled law, rules of implementation and impacts to residential communities. It is good public policy to retain jurisdiction and avoid the State's preemptions on local matters. This strategy has served us and our community well with issues such as our sytrofoam ban and our regulation of online vacation rentals.
3, As a municipality, it is our role and obligation to legislate on what is in the best interest of our small, safe, residential community. It is why we do not allow fast food restaurants with drive thrus, big box stores and strip clubs.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
Mayra P. Lindsay