Collier County Commissioners have never been known as a progressive group of people. Especially when it comes to medical marijuana and cannabis.
In a “shocking” development, NBC-2 reports that Collier officials voted Tuesday night to continue their ban on legal (in the state of Florida) medical marijuana dispensaries. The subject was brought up during a board meeting last month where an amendment was considered. This would allow cannabis dispensaries in the same areas as pharmacies in Collier County. Of course, that discussion evolved into banning dispensaries within Collier County.
The mayor of Naples was among those strongly encouraging the commission to keep the ban in place. She urged people to be cautious about allowing medical marijuana in Collier County because of the long-term effects it has on people. It was not apparent that she had any scientific evidence of these effects.
A representative from My Florida Green raised concerns that some patients with disabilities might struggle to go to Marco Island or Bonita Springs to get their medicine. They pay a lot of money to live in Collier County and should be allowed to purchase their medicine from a dispensary near to them.
For now, people cannot buy medical marijuana in Collier County except for on Marco Island. In the meantime, expect many more dispensaries to pop up along Bonita Beach Road, just north of the Collier County line in Lee County.
How Florida Ranks In 2023’s Most & Least Educated States in America
With BLS data showing a correlation between higher education levels, higher income and lower unemployment rates, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Most & Least Educated States in America, as well as expert commentary. So How does Florida rank in the Most & Least Educated States in America study?
In order to determine the most educated states, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 18 metrics that examined the key factors of a well-educated population. Educational attainment, school quality as well as achievement gaps between genders and races.
For millions of Americans, a good education is the ticket to a better future. College opens doors to more career opportunities, higher earnings and new social connections, among other benefits. But how much schooling one receives also matters to some extent. Generally, the higher the level of education one completes, the higher their income potential and the lower their chances of unemployment become.
Some states are able to provide better quality education than others, though. In this study, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 18 metrics that examined the key factors of a well-educated population: educational attainment, school quality and achievement gaps between genders and races.
How educated is Florida? (1=Most; 25=Avg.):
- 34th – % of High-School Diploma Holders
- 32nd – % of Associate’s Degree Holders or College-Experienced Adults
- 27th – % of Bachelor’s Degree Holders
- 28th – % of Graduate- or Professional-Degree Holders
- 8th – Avg. University Quality
- 29th – Racial Gap in Educational Attainment
- 1st – Gender Gap in Educational Attainment