US FL: Donors Keep Pot Issue Hot
Sun-Sentinel, 29 Oct 2014 - Contributions Go to Both Sides of Amendment 2 Supporters and opponents of medical marijuana have received large donations to keep their messages going. With one week to go before Election Day, supporters and opponents of medical marijuana have received large donations to keep their messages going.
US FL: PUB LTE: Choose Sensible Pot Policy
Daytona Beach News-Journal, 29 Oct 2014 - In the Oct. 20 A section of The News-Journal, there are at least four instances of violence and antisocial behavior attributed to the recreational use of alcohol. Two of these instances are connected with local elected officials, one was group behavior at a Pumpkin Fest in New Hampshire and the fourth was a sad case of mistaken identity where the bars of the local jail in Paw Paw, Michigan, were mistaken for the bar at a woman's favorite pub, when she went there to pick up her boyfriend - at least making her arrest for DUI one step less for the local police officer. My point: With all of the brouhaha over the possibility of marijuana being made available for use in medical treatments, and the dark cloud of it will lead us to legalization for all, I can reliably say that in more than 50 years of seeing the behavior of folks under the influence of pot, I have never once witnessed this kind of misbehavior in the newspaper on that one day.
US FL: Researcher: Veterans With PTSD Need Med Pot Study
Orlando Sentinel, 29 Oct 2014 - Arizona doctor says veterans need research with medical marijuana and PTSD but study is stymied. Are people waiting for controlled, scientific research to determine whether marijuana has legitimate medical effects for various illnesses, notably post traumatic stress disorder suffered by countless military veterans?
US FL: OPED: After Accidental Start, Medical Marijuana Becomes
Orlando Sentinel, 29 Oct 2014 - Floridians have been bombarded with press coverage of Amendment 2. Yet, for all the noise, there are important aspects of this discussion that have barely been touched upon, including the beginning of the medical-marijuana movement. How many Floridians are aware that a native son of the Sunshine State is the father of this movement? His name was Robert C. Randall - my late husband. Robert was born and raised in Sarasota. He was diagnosed with glaucoma at a young age. In the early 1970s, he accidentally discovered that his vision improved when he used cannabis. In those days, not many people knew about the medical uses of cannabis. We were convinced Robert had made a singular discovery. Imagine our surprise when, just a few weeks after our arrest in August 1975, we obtained a document from the National Institute on Drug Abuse titled "Marihuana[sic] and Health." It was an annual report that was sent to Congress, and inside we found a small section called "Therapeutic Uses." Glaucoma was prominently featured.
US FL: OPED: Medical Marijuana Presents Concerns for Schools
Tallahassee Democrat, 28 Oct 2014 - After months of political advertisements and frenetic sign waving, election day is just hours away. The debate about the benefits of medical marijuana has dominated the airwaves. This year, Maryland's governor signed a bill making it the 21st state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. In May, a Florida marijuana legalization bill was approved by the Florida Senate, making a strain of marijuana that is low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and high in cannabidiol available to patients who meet certain requirements. The strain provides positive medical effects without the feeling of being high. Known as "Charlotte's Web," the cannabis oil has successfully treated the epileptic seizures of a 5-year-old girl named Charlotte.
US FL: PUB LTE: Sky Won't Fall
Tampa Tribune, 28 Oct 2014 - When the sheriffs stop warning us, when the politicians stop telling us how they have the solution, when all the insane and inane arguments are made, when all the scary TV and radio commercials are seen or heard and you look down at your ballot, please ask yourself these two questions: Now, or in the future, could I or someone I know possibly benefit from physician-ordered medical marijuana? And do I trust my physician? If you can answer yes to one or both of these questions, then vote 'yes' on Amendment 2 and I can absolutely assure you the sky will not fall, the sun will set, the moon will rise and those in need will forever be indebted to you for your compassion. At the end of the day, this issue is all about you and those you care about.
US FL: PUB LTE: Criminalizing Patients
The Gainesville Sun, 28 Oct 2014 - Regarding the Oct. 20 column by Matthew Christ and Dustin Mauser, if health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be fully legal and there would be no medical marijuana debate. Like any drug, marijuana can be harmful if abused. Jail cells are nonetheless inappropriate as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents. The first marijuana laws were enacted in response to Mexican migration during the early 1900s, despite opposition from the American Medical Association.
US FL: PUB LTE: Pot Studies Convincing
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 27 Oct 2014 - Your Health+Fitness edition of Oct. 7 carried a news clip from The Washington Post titled "Does medical pot work? 92 percent of patients say yes." For those who missed reading it, the following quotes may help provide authoritative evidence of the value of medical marijuana and refute claims such as TV's "There's nothing medical about this marijuana." "A 2013 survey in the New England Journal of Medicine found that nearly eight in 10 doctors approved the use of medical marijuana. Now a representative health survey of 7,525 California adults, produced by the Public Health Institute in partnership with the CDC, found that 92 percent of medical marijuana patients said (that it) alleviated symptoms of their serious medical conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, migraine and cancer."
US FL: LTE: Vote As If Marijuana Would Be Legallized
Tallahassee Democrat, 26 Oct 2014 - Re: "A step toward pot legalization? Hooray" (Gerald Ensley, Oct. 22). Gerald Ensley argues that marijuana should be legalized because it is relatively harmless and people like to use it. He then argues that the proposed Amendment 2 legalizing medical marijuana should be approved because "medial marijuana is the gateway to legalized marijuana." In support, he cites Colorado and Washington as states where the two-step process of fully legalizing marijuana was successfully used.