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Public Services Committee Meetings Next Week

Nov 22nd, 2022

Posted in: General News

MOBILE, Ala. – The Mobile City Council Public Services Committee will discuss medical marijuana dispensaries and mental health care at two upcoming meetings. 
Monday, November 28, at 2 p.m., committee members will discuss the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in our area. The meeting will focus on legislation in place for the operation of the dispensaries proposed for the city.
"Establishing marijuana dispensary centers in cities across the state has been the focus in recent months and it was just a matter of time before Mobile was going to have to look at the issue," said Mobile City Council Public Services Committee Chairman Scott Jones, District 6. "Before any decision is made, our committee wants to understand how the establishment and dispensing of a controlled substance would be handled and enforced," Jones added. 
State cannabis commission representatives, state legislators, city council members, and city public safety officials are expected to be in attendance.
The Mobile City Council Public Services Committee will gather again Tuesday, November 29, at 1 p.m., along with the Mobile County Commission, to focus on mental health care and services within the region. 
"Mental health care is a critical issue in the City of Mobile and Mobile County. We want to examine how to work through some of the problems with the recent execution of mental health care that is seen on a routine basis," said Jones. 
Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health Kimberly Boswell is expected to attend this meeting.  
The committee will also look at the roles, duties, oversight, planning and challenges of the 310 board-community mental health centers that are designated entry points for mental health and substance use disorder services. 
Both meetings will take place in the auditorium of Government Plaza located at 205 Government Street in the South Tower
No public comment will be permitted. However, Jones requests that any mental health service providers working within the Mobile County region be present for the November 29 meeting. 
Jones will be joined on the committee by Councilman Joel Daves, District 6 and Councilman Cory Penn, District 1.

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