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Medical use of marijuana: Where we are

first_img From Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson   Note: This is the second and final installment of this article series. It will provide a background on Orange County’s recent consideration of the medical use of marijuana ordinances relating to dispensaries.On July 18, 2017, Orange County staff presented the Board of County Commissioners with a work session on medical marijuana. At the conclusion of that work session, the Board asked staff to prepare two different ordinances for consideration: one ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensing within unincorporated Orange County, and one allowing it.The Zoning Division had requested consideration of both ordinances to update the County’s land development regulations as it relates to medical marijuana treatment centers and to determine whether the Board wanted to allow dispensing facilities within unincorporated Orange County.Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonBoth of the proposed ordinances would have provided a definition section and both would have allowed cultivating and processing of medical marijuana in Agricultural (A)-1 and A-2 zoned districts, and Industrial (I)-2, I-3, and I-4 zoned districts. Cultivating and processing would be permitted subject to the following requirements: Possession of a valid state license; receipt of an appropriate building/use permit; meeting a 500-foot distance separation from schools; complying with state-approved security measures; conduction of appropriate inspections to determine compliance with the requirements.The difference between the two ordinances involves dispensing of medical marijuana. 1 ordinance would have prohibited dispensing facilities entirely within unincorporated Orange County, while the other ordinance would have allowed dispensing facilities within the County, subject to the following requirements: Possession of a valid state license; receipt of an appropriate building/use permit; meeting of a 500 foot distance separation from schools; compliance with state-approved security measures; conduction of appropriate inspections to determine compliance with the requirements; prohibition on sale of non-medical marijuana, alcohol, drug paraphernalia, illicit drug-related products, and on the dispensing of medical marijuana in the waiting area of a dispensing facility; meeting the appropriate parking requirements; adequate seating for patients and invitees so as to avoid loitering; dispensing only between the hours of 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.; and possession of state-approved signage that meets the County’s Code requirements as well as any applicable Planned Development requirements.On October 19, 2017, the Planning and Zoning Commission/Local Planning Agency (PZC/LPA) held public hearings on each of the ordinances. With regard to the ordinance that would have allowed dispensing facilities within unincorporated parts of the County, the PZC/LPA made a finding that was inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan and recommended denial of the ordinance. For the ordinance that would have banned dispensing facilities in unincorporated Orange County, the PZC/LPA made a finding that was consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and recommended approval of this ordinance.The PZC/LPA recommended that Orange County’s legislative delegation request that the Florida Legislature provide greater home rule authority to local governments in the state laws relating to medical marijuana treatment centers, such as Section 381.986 of the 2017 Florida Statutes. In addition, in the event that the Board chose to adopt the ordinance banning dispensaries within unincorporated parts of the County, the PZC/LPA would like to reconsider the ban after the next legislative session.Following the PZC/LPA public hearing, some changes to the ordinances had been recommended by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The changes presented for the ordinance that would have permitted dispensaries included the following: A requirement for cultivation/processing/dispensing facilities within unincorporated Orange County to be licensed by the state; a requirement for a deputy sheriff (as opposed to any law enforcement officer) to conduct searches of persons, places, and conveyances of any kind associated with cultivation/processing/dispensing facilities when necessary; and an addition that makes the refusal to provide proof of a valid license and cultivation/processing/dispensing authority from the state a violation of the code. Changes presented for the ordinance that would have banned dispensaries include the following: A requirement for cultivation/processing facilities within unincorporated Orange County to be licensed by the state; a requirement for a deputy sheriff to conduct searches of persons, places, and conveyances of any kind associated with cultivation/processing facilities; and an addition that makes the refusal to provide proof of a valid license and cultivation/processing authority from the state a violation of the code.On October 31, 2017, the Board held the first of two public hearings at its meeting on each of these ordinances, listening to testimony from members of the public. In addition, the changes presented for the ordinances from the Sheriff’s Office were outlined by the County Attorney’s Office staff.This week, the Board held the second of the two public hearings for each of the ordinances at its meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, starting at 5:01 p.m. Staff provided a presentation outlining the significant provisions of each ordinance. In addition, another change had been presented for the ordinance that would have permitted dispensaries: A prohibition on recreational use within unincorporated parts of the County. During public comment, there were around 30 people who gave testimony; not 1 of these speakers had spoken in opposition to the presence of dispensaries. The speakers spoke passionately about what the benefits of having dispensaries in unincorporated Orange County would bring. But, less than 10 of the speakers came from inside of Orange County, where most speakers resided in Polk, Brevard, and Alachua counties. Additionally, there were 30-40 people in favor listening to the meeting.After listening to testimony from the public, the Board held a discussion prior to voting on the issue. Some of the topics discussed were what the voters want (in this case, medical marijuana dispensaries), citizens discussing the issue with their local legislators, the potential impact on the tourism industry, and the possibility of including this issue on the legislative agenda for the County (local home rule). Specifically, I raised the idea of creating an inter-local agreement in Orange County with other cities within the County to position dispensaries so that everyone in the County can have access to a dispensary less than 20 minutes away from their home. To help implement this possibility, I encouraged the public to discuss the idea with their local legislators.At the conclusion of the Board’s discussion, the Board moved and unanimously voted to approve the ordinance permitting dispensaries in unincorporated parts of Orange County, along with growing and cultivating. Medical use of marijuana: Where we are – C4 FL November 18, 2017 at 1:53 am Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom November 18, 2017 at 5:31 pm Please enter your name here TAGSMedical MarijuanaOrange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson Previous articleWinners announced for Takeout Waiter gift certificates from The Apopka VoiceNext articleAPD hosting Shop with a Cop Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2 COMMENTS Seargent Saunders Anybody with half a brain knows this is nothing more than a smokescreen. I guess we don’t already have enough intoxicated drivers on the road, do we? If this was a legitimate medical need, it would be dispensed at a pharmacy by prescription. Not all of us are THAT stupid!!! 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Track and Field: Senior secures top national spot, conference record

first_imgMaya Bulgerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/maya-bulger/ ReddIt printSenior Scotty Newton broke the TCU record, conference record and secured the top national spot in the triple jump at the Big 12 Championships this weekend in Ames, Iowa.Newton secured a first-place finish on his final attempt with a distance of 54 feet 6.75 inches in the men’s triple jump. He also placed third in the long jump, recording a distance of 26 feet 0.25 inches.Running EventsThe men’s 4×400-meter relay squad of sophomore Jostyn Andrews, sophomore Emmanuel Ogwo, senior Kevin McClanahan and sophomore Derrick Mokaleng took home gold, recording a time of 3:07.75.The men’s track and field team placed fourth with 74 points, the highest place the team has earned since joining the Big 12 Conference.“Anytime you finish top four in the Big 12, you had a good meet,” head coach Darryl Anderson said. “We just have to relish in what we accomplished this weekend and keep moving forward.”Andrews, Ogwo, McClanahan and Mokaleng also made additional appearances on the podium.In the 400-meter dash, Mokaleng took home silver with a time of 46.47 seconds and Ogwo placed sixth behind a time of 46.88. In the men’s 600-meter race, Andrews placed third with a time of 1:09.84 and McClanahan placed fourth behind a time of 1:10.06.Senior Emeilo Ferguson and senior Jalen Miller grabbed third and fourth in the men’s 60-meter dash with times of 6.70 and 6.75 seconds respectively. For the women, first-year sprinter Hope Glenn placed fifth behind a time of 7.51.First-year runner Renee Payne scored for the women’s squad in the 800-meter race with an eighth-place finish and a time of 2:21.70.Field EventsThe men’s weight throw squad of sophomore Isaiah Rogers, sophomore Ryan Camp and junior Justin Sanchez individually placed in the top ten. Rogers secured fourth place behind a distance of 63 feet 7.75 inches, Camp placed fifth with a distance of 62 feet 8.50 inches and Sanchez placed eighth behind a mark of 59 feet 1.50 inches.In the men’s shot put, Rogers placed sixth with a distance of 57 feet and five inches.In the jumps, first-year athlete Chengetayi Mapaya placed third in the men’s triple jump behind a distance of 52 feet 10.25 inches and junior Chyna Ries placed sixth in the women’s long jump, recording a mark of 19 feet 4.75 inches.“We have a pretty good team and hopefully in two weeks we can go to the national meet and really do some things,” Anderson said.Up NextThe Frogs will travel back to College Station, Texas to compete at the NCAA Indoor National Championship on Friday, March 16. Newton and the men’s 4×400 relay secure first-place finishes at the Big 12 Championships. + posts Early action option removed from admission process Maya Bulgerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/maya-bulger/ Maya Bulgerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/maya-bulger/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Maya Bulger Get to know the TCU admission counselors Facebook Maya Bulger is a junior at Texas Christian University from Detroit, Michigan. Maya is pursuing a major in journalism and a minor in business. In her spare time she loves to watch sports, workout, read, hike, travel and bake. Linkedin ReddIt Facebook Track and Field: Senior breaks another school record Twitter Twitter Maya Bulgerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/maya-bulger/ Two teams added to ‘Meet The Frogs’ Previous articleHoroscope: February 26, 2018Next articleIn home opener baseball rebounds from game one loss with back-to-back wins against Long Beach State Maya Bulger RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Local NewsUS News Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2021, file photo, two people enter a New York City vaccine hub during a snowstorm in New York. Executives from the major COVID-19 vaccine producers are set Tuesday, Feb. 23, to answer questions from Congress about expanding the supply of shots needed to curb the pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 Americans. Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon By Digital AIM Web Support – February 23, 2021 TAGS  WhatsApp Previous articleSeattle doing damage control with players after exec’s videoNext articleIntercontinental Exchange Chief Financial Officer Scott Hill to Present at the Raymond James 42nd Annual Institutional Investors Conference on March 3, 2021 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Save the frog: Collaborating to survive and thrive

first_imgMost of us know the analogy of the frog in the warming water. As the water warms gradually, the frog becomes more uncomfortable but continues to survive and stay in the water, until one day the water reaches a boil and the frog dies. The trends were clear – the frog should have known that the heat would eventually be deadly – but it remained in the water, willfully ignorant of the adverse trends, or aware of the trends but delaying the decision to act. Many credit unions are thinking like that frog.I began my journey with credit unions in the mid-1980s. Car loans were king in the credit union world. Car loan rates in the 1980s were between 10% and 16%. At those rates, credit unions lived very comfortably on the net interest margin. Operational costs were covered and there was enough left over to add to capital.Beginning in the 1990s, point of sale loans started to erode credit union lending opportunities. Direct car loan opportunities for credit unions declined as car dealers made more loans at the point of sale. It is hard to imagine now, but there was a huge debate among credit unions whether they should sully themselves and get into indirect lending arrangements with car dealers, or remain “pure” and continue to have only a direct loan channel. Of course survival instincts won that debate and indirect car loans now make up a significant portion of credit union loans. Point of sale lending is growing by leaps and bounds today, expanding to all types of products thanks to the likes of Amazon and Google. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Usyk in Joshua’s Mind as His Mandatory Challenger in 2020

first_imgJoshua must first make his US debut by defending the IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1.The unified champion hopes to claim every major heavyweight belt, a feat accomplished by Usyk in the division below, but will also be forced into mandatory defences.Usyk is set to be immediately installed as the WBO’s mandatory challengeronce he joins the top division, putting him on a collision course with Joshua.“Usyk will fight in May, probably in his heavyweight debut, potentially against Alexander Povetkin,” explained Hearn, who works alongside K2 Promotions to oversee Usyk’s career.“Then he’ll have one more. Then it looks like the WBO will make him mandatory for Anthony Joshua.“I see that fight happening in spring 2020.”Joshua and Usyk are both Olympic gold medallists and have amassed a combined 38 professional victories, no defeats, and seven world title belts.Usyk signalled his intentions to target Joshua during a stunning 2018 in which he won the inaugural World Boxing Super Series, and also won three fights in his opponents’ home countries culminating with his November knockout win over Tony Bellew.“The boxing world would desire the clash of two Olympic champs and two [future] undisputed professionals,” Alexander Krassyuk of K2 Promotions said last year.Joshua told Sky Sports last year: “Usyk needs to move up in the right stages, and figure out what it’s like being with 17 or 18 stone guys who can punch very hard.Joshua reacts to his press conference melee with ‘Big Baby’“It’s not just based on skill, the heavyweight division. It’s based on will. How much you can take.“I know he’s got amateur experience and has done well as a cruiserweight but if he moves up to the heavyweight division, it will also test his will as well as his skill.”After beating Bellew, Usyk said: “Becoming heavyweight champion of the world is not what I’m dreaming of. It’s my goal. It’s what I’m planning to do.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Anthony Joshua expects to be mandated to fight Oleksandr Usyk next year, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.Pound-for-pound supremo and undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk is expected to step into the heavyweight division this year, with the ultimate aim of challenging Joshua.Asked if Joshua could fight Usyk by the end of 2019, Hearn told Sky Sports: “No. That fight comes in 2020.”last_img read more

Lancashire’s Les Wilson to be 2021 England Golf President

first_img Lancashire’s Les Wilson has accepted the nomination to become President Elect of England Golf for 2020. He will succeed Somerset’s Graham Yates as President in 2021.Les was a relative latecomer to the game of golf at the age of 33 when he gave up playing football for a local club in the Lancashire Amateur League. It was then that he joined Greenmount Golf Club near Bury and he has been a member there ever since. He is also a member at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s and plays to a handicap of 13.The new President Elect first got involved with golf administration at his home club of Greenmount in the late 1980s. He went on to become junior organiser for the Bury and District Golf Association and then in 1999 joined the executive of the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs and was Championship Chairman before becoming its President in 2012.Les was appointed to the Board of England Golf in 2014 and has since played a key role in many areas including as Chairman of its Finance and Audit committee and on its Championship Panel.“It is a huge honour to have been nominated as the next President Elect of England Golf,” he said. “The invitation came totally out of the blue but I can assure you it took next to no time to accept.“Golf has played a huge part in my life over the past 30-odd years and it has been my privilege to have had the chance to work with so many volunteers and colleagues dedicated to driving the game forwards.“I have huge respect for the Past Presidents of England Golf and can only hope that I fulfil my duties as diligently and as successfully as they have done.“I am taking up the post with a mixture of excitement and apprehension but, above all else, I look forward to meeting lots of people up and down the country over the next few years,” he added. “That is going to be a lot of fun.” Away from the golf course Les is Chairman of a software house which he founded in 1984 and which specialises in document management and workflow system implementation and maintenance.He is married to wife Lesley and has two daughters, Emma and Anika, and two granddaughters, Ysabelle and Keira. 16 Jul 2019 Lancashire’s Les Wilson to be 2021 England Golf President Tags: England Golf, Les Wilson, Presidentlast_img read more