Libertarian candidate blasts county moratorium on pain clinicsby George Bennett | December 8th, 2009
Our Jennifer Sorentrue reports that Palm Beach County commissioners this morning approved a one-year moratorium on approving new pain-management clinics amid concerns that drugs are being dispensed with insufficient controls.
A recent Palm Beach Post investigation found that more than 30 such clinics have opened in the county since 2007. Among the people running pain businesses are convicted drug dealers, serial criminals and former addicts, according to a review of county, state and federal records.
Libertarian commission candidate Karl Dickey blasted this morning’s 6-0 vote, saying commissioners are “punishing the many for the actions of a few. Whereas we understand some pain-management clinics have abused the system, it is outrageous for the county government to ban the ability of legitimate clinics from opening.”
Dickey is the only announced challenger to Republican Commissioner Steven Abrams.
Read Dickey’s entire statement after the jump…..
Statement from Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County, whose chairman, Karl Dickey, is running for county commission in 2010:
Libertarians Concerned Over Recent County Ban
Palm Beach County should not restrict legitimate businesses
Boca Raton, FL – The Palm Beach County Commission voted today to restrict pain-management clinics from opening in unincorporated Palm Beach County which will make it more difficult for pain-stricken patients’ ability to get the relief they need. It is clear this one year ban, like so many other government programs, will eventually become permanent.
Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County chairman, Karl Dickey, said this morning, “The County Commissioners are punishing the many for the actions of a few. Whereas we understand some pain-management clinics have abused the system, it is outrageous for the county government to ban the ability of legitimate clinics from opening. If the demand is there, then the county government should not be standing in the way fore so long as the clinics have not violated any laws.”
The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County feels this will adversely affect patients seeking relief from chronic pain and will again force some pain-stricken residents to the unsafe, underground black market.
The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County believes Palm Beach County should foster a free and competitive market, not banning and arbitrarily restricting business. Each person has a the right to offer goods and services to others on the free market so long as they are not committing fraud or coercion in offering those goods and services. The only proper role of the Palm Beach County Commission on economic matters is to protect the property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide the legal framework in which voluntarily trade is protected. All efforts by our county government to redistribute wealth, control or manage trade, are improper in a free society.
Palm Beach County could flourish and become a prosperous haven during these tough economic times if it would enact Libertarian principles.