US FL: OPED: Former Justices Opposed To Marijuana Amendment
Sun-Sentinel, 15 Sep 2014 - As former Florida Supreme Court Justices, we once took an oath to protect the Constitution of the State of Florida. Today, we call on all Floridians to protect it by voting "No" on Amendment 2. This amendment, promoted as a compassionate effort to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, should be rejected- regardless of one's position on the issue of medical marijuana.
US FL: PUB LTE: Read It For Yourself
Tampa Bay Times, 14 Sep 2014 - Re: Sept. 10, Commentary The former justices provide virtually no quotations from Amendment 2 to support anything they say. 'Most voters don't have the time or inclination,' they say, 'to read the full text of the actual amendment. We have read the amendment and studied its impact. And we are troubled.'
US FL: PUB LTE: An Antidote To Nonsense
Tampa Bay Times, 14 Sep 2014 - One of the best reasons to support Amendment 2 is that it would end the criminalization of severe pain patients and begin to show voters that the monsters-under-the-bed stories they've been told all their lives about cannabis are nonsense. Chris Woodard, Tampa - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
US FL: LTE: Consider Marijuana's Dangers
Tallahassee Democrat, 13 Sep 2014 - In November, voters will consider an amendment to our Florida Constitution about legalizing medical marijuana. An amendment is very serious and shouldn't be taken lightly. The California Narcotics Officers Association says: "Marijuana is an unstable mixture of over 400 chemicals, including toxic psychoactive chemicals which are largely unstudied and appear in uncontrolled strengths."
US FL: PUB LTE: Pot And Amendment
Tampa Tribune, 10 Sep 2014 - In his excellent story "Teens at center of pot debate" (Metro, Sept. 7), Jerome Stockfisch inadvertently misquoted me as critiquing a study by Dr. Michael Smith of Northwestern University. That study, published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin last year, found that compared to a non-cannabis using control group, young subjects who had used pot very heavily as teenagers (in fact, diagnosed with a cannabis use disorder) appeared to have structural changes in certain regions of their brains. They also had difficulty with a test of short-term working memory. I take no exception to this interesting study. If very heavy, daily marijuana use was responsible for the abnormal brain changes and memory impairment observed, it should be taken seriously as a risk for teenage cannabis abusers. But as the authors recognize, this causality remains uncertain. It is entirely possible that the neuro-anatomical variations were preexisting, and merely predict a population of teenagers who for some reason are more vulnerable to develop an excessive pot habit. Still, it's useful information. However, members of the same research team (but not including the quoted Dr. Smith) also published a paper in April in The Journal of Neuroscience, which claims to reveal brain abnormalities in young adult users who are otherwise quite functional. The story was covered widely by the media as revealing a lurking threat of "recreational" cannabis use. I am one of many scientists who have criticized the work as seriously flawed and gratuitously hyped.
US FL: Florida A Step Closer To Medical Marijuana
The Palm Beach Post, 10 Sep 2014 - Barring Lawsuits, New Rule May Take Effect Late October. TALLAHASSEE - State health officials Tuesday started the countdown clock on a proposed rule governing the production and sale of a medical marijuana strain approved earlier this year by the Florida Legislature.
US FL: LTE: Insomnia 'Medicine'?
Tampa Tribune, 08 Sep 2014 - People, please. Do you really think all the people clamoring all over the blogs and comment sections about the benefits of medical pot really have medical needs? Most just want a legal way to purchase dope. If the amendment is passed, they'll run down to a strip mall and visit one of the fastest-growing businesses in Florida - a pot doc. Much like the existing California pot docs (Google this), they will acquire a prescription due to the most widely used malady: insomnia. Then, they will head to the second-fastest growing business in Florida: a pot dispensary.
US FL: 'Charlotte's Web' Rules
Sun-Sentinel, 08 Sep 2014 - It was hard enough to get Republican lawmakers to approve a limited form of medical marijuana this spring at the same time that many in the GOP are opposing a broader legalization proposal on this November's ballot. But that might be nothing compared to the infighting going on over setting up rules for the production of "Charlotte's Web." The rule, which has already been kicked around for several weeks now, took on more critics when a legislative panel that plays a key role in overseeing state agencies joined the chorus seeking changes to a proposed soup-to-nuts rule setting up the new industry.
US FL: Editorial: Uncertainty Encircles Medical Marijuana, but
The Palm Beach Post, 08 Sep 2014 - The legalization of medical marijuana has long looked like a sure thing in Florida, with polls showing overwhelming majorities in favor. But with less than two months until the state votes on a constitutional amendment to legalize it, a new statewide poll shows more uncertainty - 1 in 6 voters haven't yet considered it - than had previously been thought. This should be no surprise. In the strange world of medical marijuana, uncertainty is one of the few constants. With the narcotic still illegal under federal law, any legalization or partial legalization at the state level is itself a foray into uncertainty. Legal in the eyes of some government agencies but illegal to others, medical marijuana occupies a bizarre space in the 23 states where it is now permitted. This leads to all sorts of legal and practical conflicts, ones that Floridians will have to deal with if the amendment does receive the necessary 60 percent of votes cast in November.