Something not being talked about is that the attempts by local government to limit “medical” marijuana stores in Florida will be met by lawsuits. The amendment is very clear about stores and the pro-2 crowd lawyers have been very clear they will sue any attempt to alter the language of the amendment.
As someone who worked in planning in government, I can tell you these stores have to be considered low-impact, retail stores, as with any pharmacy, if the constitutional amendment 2 becomes law. These will appear in areas near schools and residential areas. That cannot be stopped unless other medical facilities are also rezoned. Imagine kicking out Tampa General, Raulerson Hospital, Baptist Medical Center, any of the Sacred Heart or Florida Hospitals. These are all beside or very near residential areas and schools. So can the “medical” marijuana stores.
You may have noticed little pharmacies popping up in your area of Florida in the past year. They are preparing for amendment 2 to pass. Expect most to convert to also selling “medical” marijuana.
Likely this will cost taxpayers millions and millions as foolish politicians try to fight where “medical” marijuana shops can go. And you wonder why lawyers are trying to get it passed?