Patients tearfully call on Orange to allow medical marijuana dispensaries

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs described a medical marijuana decision forced on them by the Legislature as feeling like “a gun to our head” as she and county commissioners heard emotional testimony Tuesday from more than two dozen patients and advocates.

The County Commission held the first of two hearings on whether to ban or allow medical marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday, after postponing any decision for months by extending a temporary moratorium on them. Meanwhile, municipalities such as Winter Garden and Winter Park have banned dispensaries because of rules imposed by the state.

In the public session, Carol Green of Winter Park more at