A vote by the City Council has cleared the path for a cannibals dispensary in Jacksonville, however, that doesn’t mean it will open anytime soon.
The Jacksonville City Council approved a zoning change request for the property located at 1112 Veterans Drive by an 8 to 1 vote during their regular meeting last night. Ward 1 Alderman Darcella Speed was the only member of the Council not in attendance.
Some citizens voiced their concerns about the dispensary during public comment ahead of the vote. Gretchen Tonellato and Shilea Jones, who both work in a neighboring business expressed more concerns about the dispensary including security in the area, and how bringing a business like this to Jacksonville would increase crime in the area.
Tonellato and Jones said following the first reading, they began asking customers if they were in favor of the dispensary and estimated that 95% were not, and 145 signed a petition against approval of the change.
Ward 2 Alderman Alison Rubin de Celis cast the lone no vote against the change. She said following the meeting that she also has concerns about where