Marco Island medical marijuana patients wait for Columbia Care dispensary – Marco News


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A medical marijuana dispensary that submitted a building permit application to Marco Island in October has not sent corrections the city requested 10 months ago, according to Raul Perez, chief building official. 

A city report shows Columbia Care has not responded to requests to correct or resubmit building, fire, planning and flood plain documents for a dispensary on 695 Bald Eagle Dr. as of Aug. 5.

“There has not been any action on this permit application from the applicant since then,” Perez wrote in an email the same day. 

As of Thursday, Columbia Care had not reached out to Perez or his staff about the pending permit, he said.

Missy Prange, Marco Island resident, smiles at the camera Aug. 8, 2020. (Photo: Omar Rodríguez Ortiz/Staff)

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Columbia Care did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Missy Prange, a Marco Island resident, said she had not read or heard about the anticipated dispensary since last year when Columbia Care submitted the building permit application.

“It seems to have just halted,” she said.

Prange was diagnosed six years ago with several disorders that can cause severe muscle pain and joint damage, she said. As a former triathlon athlete, she was used to being active.

“It just stopped me in my tracks,” she

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