MARCO ISLAND, Fla. – Marco Island residents will soon vote on banning recreational marijuana sales on the island, even though recreational marijuana is illegal in Florida.

The City Council unanimously approved that referendum this week for the August ballot.

Recreational cannabis is against the law, but some say it’s bound to be legalized. That is why they say it’s time to act now.

“I think the citizens should decide,” said Marco Island City Councilman, Victor Rios. “It’s whether or not it would allow establishments, you know, retail sales of recreational marijuana in the city.”

The referendum began with a petition by the “Ban Recreational Marijuana” PAC.

Collier County Commissioner Bill McDaniel said the county will not be considering a similar referendum.

“No, we are not doing that, it is already illegal and I don’t see a premise or a reason for us to put a referendum vote out to the voters on something that’s already illegal,” said McDaniel.

McDaniel confirmed medical cannabis dispensaries are not currently authorized in the county yet.

Nick Garulay, the owner of My Florida Green, said that’s the real problem.

“I don’t understand the vote on allowing or disallowing the recreational dispensaries opening in Marco when they haven’t even opened a medical dispensary in Marco, so none of it really makes that much sense to me,” he said.

Garulay believes local leaders should focus on getting patients access to their medicine.

“I think they’re going to judge the recreational before they can even see what medical can do,” said Garulay.

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