Sarasota County officials looking to ban recreational marijuana

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SARASOTA COUNTY – The Sarasota County Commission will hear from area residents before imposing a ban on recreational marijuana.
According to the Herald Tribune, tentative public hearings to gather input on the issue are scheduled for August 29 and October 10.

All this comes just several weeks after the commission approved the county’s first two medical marijuana dispensaries.
On Tuesday, commissioner Mike Moran stressed the benefits of medical marijuana, but expressed concerns lobbyists are using clinical cannabis as a gateway to legalize recreational use in the state.

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Lynden Blake
Lynden Blake is an Auburn University graduate with a degree in journalism. As an aspiring sportscaster she has worked in many media outlets. She’s currently a news and sports reporter for Suncoast News Network in Sarasota, Florida. Previously she interned for Fox Sports Florida where she worked with the production team during Tampa Bay Rays games and freelanced for www.foxsports.com covering the Miami Heat during the 2015 NBA Summer League. She shadowed at WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Ga. her last semester in Auburn. Previously, she was a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. and did many television and radio gigs for Sportz Blitz and AHSAA Radio Network. As a Tigerette at Auburn she hosted the nation’s top football prospects on game-day visits and official visits during the off season. She has always had passion for sports as she was a three-sport athlete in high school playing softball and basketball and cheering for Benjamin Russell High School.