- A Student’s Take: Medical Marijuana and the Sunshine State: Project Based Learning for Emerging Planners May 30, 2017
By Jarrell Smith
Writing papers, studying for exams, giving presentations, and completing group assignments are all elements individuals experience during their college journey. Correct? Well, how about assisting a local police department in creating a robust transportation and delivery program for medical cannabis (marijuana?)
During the spring 2017 semester at the University of Florida, a group of students enrolled in a crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) course applied CPTED principles to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in Alachua County.
According to course leader, Dr. Richard Schneider¹, modern CPTED theory and practice includes an emphasis on surveillance, access control designs, the creation of clearly defined spaces and hierarchies, and the recognition of conflicting uses and activities. At the start of the course, students are asked to focus on one of the following planning related themes:
2) zoning and land use
3) exterior design and signage
4) interior design and store layout
5) security plans and systems
6) risk assessment
7) transportation and delivery
I focused on applying CPTED principles to the transportation and delivery of medical marijuana.
Before enrolling in the CPTED course, most of the students were unaware that medical marijuana had been legalized in the state of Florida.
Consequently, reviewing the Florida Statutes was the first step in the research process. After examining the statutes, the investigators began exploring the regulations other states implemented for medical marijuana. Subsequently, the students consulted Dr. Schneider to determine the most suitable CPTED standards that could reduce opportunities for crime in relatively cost-efficient ways.
Finally, the researchers had the opportunity to present the initial findings and recommendations to public officials from the City of Gainesville and Alachua County at large (Figure 1). In reference to the transportation and delivery of medical cannabis, I know that a comprehensive transportation strategy is vital for the medical marijuana industry considering ...
- Student Articles Wanted April 5, 2017
APA Florida is currently seeking student article submissions for their quarterly magazine Florida Planning and also for their monthly e-newsletter (click here for examples of each). These articles are a great way for students to promote their work, build their resumes and connect with planning professionals.
A list of available article topics and corresponding deadlines are here (strikethroughs indicate topics that have already been assigned). Students are encouraged to relate their chosen topic to past or present academic, internship or professional work, however, they are not required to have any expertise on these subjects.
Interested students should contact Patti Shea (email@example.com) briefly indicating their topic of interest and what they intend to write about at least two weeks prior to the article deadline. Once confirmed, article drafts for Florida Planning are expected to be between 500 – 750 words and e-news articles should be between 300 – 400 words.
Please contact Patti Shea (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Chapter Office with any additional questions.
- REMINDER: – THIS FRIDAY: Practicing Planner Reflections 101: What you don’t always learn in class. February 13, 2017
- FDOT Student Poster Session Call for Proposals January 12, 2017
Students from any Florida institution of higher education are invited to submit proposals for a poster. Posters may be proposed by individuals or groups of students with endorsement from a sponsoring faculty member. The poster topics can be broad, but must relate to some aspect of transportation.
All of the information needed to find out more about the contest and to submit a poster proposal can be found via the link on the attached announcement as well as on the Transplex webpage, at fdot.gov/planning/transplex/.
DEADLINE: FEB. 17