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Speech for the planning and zoning committee of Lake Mary Florida regarding medical marijuana dispensaries.

Ladies and gentlemen of the zoning and planning committee thank you for your time. 

Lake Mary is a beautiful and prosperous city and we thank you for much of your past efforts.
While I reside in Winter Springs I do a lot of my shopping in Lake Mary because there are unique retail centers that I can find nowhere else. I also coach quite often at the YMCA.
About every 6 to 8 weeks my fellows and I volunteer to pick up trash along Lake Mary Boulevard. In doing so we see the numerous free market enterprises that exist. There are doctors offices and fast food restaurants, there are health clubs and automotive service centers. There are pharmacies. There are empty storefronts. 
We have a stake in it’s future.  
I asked that you either find a creative solution to medical marijuana dispensaries, or that you give the city commission the greenlight to treat them as other pharmacies. 

The pill mills similarities are prejudicial and incongruous..there is no precedence of violence nor black market activities in dispensaries that led to the banning of the pill mills. 

The introductory language of “popping up” is prejudiced and irresponsible. 

The city attorneys words on delivery and whatever else anyone else is doing is prejudicial and irresponsible. The mention of federal funds and the mention of recreational use is irresponsible.

I ask you disregard your own arguments. 

While the statement that MMTC’s are not similar to other pharmacies is true, it’s an incomplete statement and ignores facts as well. 
MMTC’s operate much stricter. They do not sell Junk food or drugs over the counter, they do not sell alcohol or anything else where any minors or even shoplifters may have the chance to get them. It’s another faulty comparison and false dichotomy. I ask you disregard that argument as well. 

They are much more like dry cleaners, one service with specific products, only dry cleaners carry much more harmful chemicals and are not a newly constitutionally guaranteed right. 

The Planning and Zoning Division staff is responsible for all short and long range planning duties. It is staff’s goal to ensure that all development review occurs in an expeditious manner and that we assist all customers in achieving their timelines.

This is directly off of your website. I would ask that you stick to it. The reefer madness that tells us we need special consideration  neither matches the state legislatures guidelines for dealing with these dispensaries, nor the reality of how they operate.

The scare tactics are uninformed hyper vigilance at best, purposeful misinformation at worst and unfortunately more likely the case.

Either way reference the ballot returns for the precincts in the city. You’ll find they mirror the state as a whole. And when it comes down to it that is your ultimate authority.

Companies who wish to open a dispensary will have a fiduciary duty of doing their own market research to make sure that there are no other dispensaries with whom to compete in proximity, that there are a viable number of customers with both the prescription and the issued ID card within their marketable area, and of course the due diligence to make sure they operate a safe and lawful business that they know will be under a microscope. The zoning regulations almost take care of themselves. 

These businesses are going to be operated under such scrutiny and that no matter what safe landing plan you come up with, and let’s be honest the commissioners want a safe landing so that they don’t have to take responsibility for a yes or no vote they can just say it was a zoning issue, these operators are going to have to regulate themselves more than you could dream of doing. And that’s the organic free market as it should be. 

I’m asking you as a potential customer who’s watching city after city fall to the reefer madness putting alternative medicine farther and farther away from my doorstep, who currently pays higher insurance premiums and is having to jump through hoops to get a life insurance policy because of my ulcerative colitis, to return a recommendation to the city Council that fits within your self described mission,

Let’s be honest, this issue is as much about the right to our own lives and what we put in our bodies, the liberties we have a civilized society where a planning and zoning commission is often necessary, what we can and cannot buy as our own property with our own money ,as it is about whether or not our elected officials are listening when we speak and are accountable to the votes cast and the votes we will cast.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Three minute speech to Seminole County commission on the “Flea world Fleece.”

Thanks for your time commissioners, and   County residents. I am an interested citizen of the county, as an entrepreneur, a father, and a teacher.
Also a Lyman High graduate of ’93. Hello Mr. Henley.
Thank you PHV.

City by city there is a current struggle to maintain the free markets without overregulation, to encourage entrepreneurship, and to advance the principles of liberty. Deals like the one you are considering right now reeks of cronyism and only advances the notion that that’s how big business gets done.
Seminole county is a prosperous and still wild and natural wonder. Just steps from the pavement paradise to the south, we maintain our individuality, much of that is kudos to you. Let’s keep the reputation that way. As was eloquently put, instead of the capricious whims, of an overreaching council.

Not too long ago the school I cofounded tried to get a zoning exemption just a mile from the former flea world We were flat out denied despite having all the proper paperwork, even being guided by a member of the commission, and having the blessing of all of her would be neighbors.

The flat denial of small business trying to survive and meet its needs while taking money and then creating financial incentive for big business doesn’t bode well for people seeking reelections.

Now I know those are slightly separate issues, zone exemptions versus development, but we’re talking about small business needs versus big business needs and you’re apparent tendency to meet the latter while ignoring the former. That’s how it’s going to look to the dozens of families employees as well as other small business entrepreneurs wh had to jump through hoops without the luxury of being able to contribute to campaigns first.

What we are asking is not a lot. We are literally asking you to do almost nothing. If a homeowner finds a lot they’re interested in, it’s they’re full responsibility beginning to end to develop that lot. If you would like to sweeten a deal and try to attract a developer to come and create jobs in that area, and it’s a sweet area, and I suggest getting completely out of the way, reduce restrictions, reduce intrusive regulations, keep business and employment related taxes low, better yet don’t penalize success in anyway. Allow for more zoning exemptions so small businesses can get started.

It’s a free market solution to this that doesn’t require backroom deals and even keeps campaign contributions, however legal and transparent, above board

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Small Speech to Oviedo City Hall 

Thank you very much for your time city Council Mr. Mayor and fellow residents of Seminole County and Oviedo,
Congratulations to the first responders who were recognized this evening as well. 

Well done young Women and men! 
My name is Shaun Kunz I am a local entrepreneur I am a teacher I am a father I am a sports coach. I’m a regular guy, I do not drink I do not smoke cigarettes nor do I smoke marijuana. I stand against extending a moratorium against medical marijuana dispensaries. I spend a lot of money in Oviedo because there are competitive companies I can’t find anywhere else. 
My other qualifications as regular Joe, I am also a ulcerative colitis sufferer. Cannabanoids have been shown to be very effective both in pain relief and in relieving inflammation when tested with Crohn’s patients and ulcerative colitis patients alike. To this end, the federal government owns the patents of these cannabinoids.

 Currently my medication is given intravenously at the Cancer Institute as an infusion of Remicade which without insurance is billed at $25,000 per dosage. With insurance it’s billed around $16,000 per dosage. This occurs every eight weeks for me. Please don’t limit access to alternative or more affordable medicines.  
I also ask you to consider that the state of Florida has given their government colleges free reign to begin testing industrial hemp. While it is not medicinal, it is the same New booming Industry, and a lot of local farms are hoping to get on the test run shortlist. Don’t let Oviedo be left in the dust in the medical dispensary field. Your ready to here more invasive and more expensive infrastructure…
Thirdly in a little bit more broad, and inclusive, it is neither City Hall’s job to determine the medical quality of these pharmaceuticals, that is between the patient and the doctor. nor is it City Hall’s job micro regulate business. That is the job of the provider and the consumer. Just like CVS and Publix Rx. 

Put the Dispensary issue to a referendum.  

A few of you are up for re election. Put your name next to it.  

In response to the concerns.
We not trying to become Asheville or San Fran. 

They are not selling joints or dimebags. It’s been legislated down to low potency pills and suppositories. There are a few available options….

Medical marijuana won more states than Hillary. Don’t discount that. End the moratorium or put it on a ballot.  

You’re willing to continue de

In case you missed the other pleas…regulation is slow moving and often sporadic and unreliable, even when there’s a dime in it for them. Let the free market decide.  
Thank you. 

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

 
 
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