CAPE CORAL –
The City of Cape Coral could press the pause button on medical marijuana dispensaries opening up shop.
Chief of Police David Newlin sent a memo to the city, requesting a chat about steps council members could take.
The recommendation would put a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.
The city would take this time to research and analyze how this type of business could impact “property values, public safety and welfare” and many other requirements.
The moratorium would only impact people who want to distribute medical marijuana. That means referrals for the treatment could still be written by Cape Coral doctors, but patients would be forced to get their medication elsewhere.
We spoke to one doctor who said it won’t stop new patients from walking through his door.
“We see about 20 new people a week, and I’m very happy about that,” said Dr. Paul Arnold.
Dr. Arnold, who is certified to refer patients for medical marijuana treatment, is raising eyebrows with his advertising.
“He’s saying he’s here so that, ‘Hey, all of you who are suffering and need help that you haven’t been able to get, I’m here for you,” said
Theresa Knazek, owner of Perk and Brew.
“I think it’s good to have it in front of his store or his office and then also putting it on his truck, so when he goes to the grocery stores, or somewhere people know that it’s available,” added Amy Smith, owner of Perk and Brew.
Dr. Arnold refers qualified patients to use medical marijuana after a 90 day period who may have seizures or cancer to name a few.
“A lot of people think marijuana is just like something you use as a drug it’s not something where you get the full info about how it can work or might