US FL: Florida Medical Marijuana Plan Expanded To 20 Growers
Bradenton Herald, 17 Nov 2015 - TALLAHASSEE -- Patients who have been given a year to live could soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their pain. A Florida House panel on Tuesday OK'd legislation that would expand an existing, small medical marijuana program and a law allowing terminal patients to try experimental drugs. Now, with two doctors' approval, a patient can buy marijuana from a licensed grower in the state.
US FL: Deputy Is Charged In Marijuana Probe
The Palm Beach Post, 15 Nov 2015 - Authorities say they have arrested a deputy for her alleged role in a marijuanaselling business following a month-long investigation. St. Lucie County sheriff 's deputies said an anonymous tipster told them deputy Heather Tucker, 27, was involved in drug activity. Authorities searched the apartment she was staying at with her boyfriend and another couple Friday and said they found felony amounts of marijuana, packaging materials and other items typically associated with the sale and distribution of marijuana.
US FL: Broward Reduces Penalty For Pot Possession
Sun-Sentinel, 11 Nov 2015 - Civil Citations Can Replace Criminal Arrest, County Says Pot smokers busted by cops in Broward County with a joint or a baggy of marijuana could walk away with a civil fine and a clean criminal record.
US FL: LTE: Fighting Crime, Drugs
Tampa Bay Times, 15 Oct 2015 - The liberal media has demonized mandatory minimum drug sentences, referring to them as punishment for 'nonviolent' crimes. What about the violence that illegal narcotics have done to a large segment of our population? Comparing the cost of incarcerating drug offenders with the cost of drug damage would be instructive. Mandatory minimum sentences played a major role in reducing the flow of illegal drugs into Florida and the rest of the country. We seem to have lost that bit of history.
US FL: PUB LTE: Prohibition Costs Lives
Tampa Bay Times, 09 Oct 2015 - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is going to have to think outside the drug war box if he wants to reduce heroin overdose deaths. Groundbreaking research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that states with open medical marijuana access have a 25 percent lower opioid overdose death rate than marijuana prohibition states. This research finding has huge implications for states like Florida that are grappling with prescription narcotic and heroin overdose deaths. The substitution effect was documented by California physicians long before the JAMA research. Legal marijuana access is correlated with a reduction in opioid and alcohol abuse. The marijuana plant is incapable of causing an overdose death. Not even aspirin can make the same claim, much less alcohol or prescription narcotics. The phrase 'if it saves one life' has been used to justify all manner of drug war abuses. Legal marijuana access has the potential to save thousands of lives.
US FL: Jury Convicts Man in Miami Medical Marijuana Growhouse
Miami Herald, 26 Sep 2015 - A jury did not believe a Miami-Dade man who insisted he grew 15 marijuana plants inside his home only to help ease the suffering of his cancer-stricken wife. The six-member jury on Friday night convicted Ricardo Varona of trafficking more than 25 pounds of marijuana and operating a marijuana growhouse. Taken into custody to await sentencing, Varona faces a mandatory minimum of three years in prison.
US FL: PUB LTE: Reforms Are Overdue
Tampa Bay Times, 08 Sep 2015 - REFORMS ARE OVERDUE Kudos to columnist John Romano for acknowledging that it is long past time to correct Florida's 'ill-advised anti-marijuana crusade.' No other state routinely punishes minor marijuana infractions more severely than Florida. Under state law, marijuana possession of 20 grams or less (about two-thirds of an ounce) is a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.
US FL: Group to Push Amendment That Would Completely Legalize
Orlando Sentinel, 02 Sep 2015 - Petitions will hit the streets soon for a proposed constitutional amendment that would fully legalize marijuana use, possession and cultivation by adults in Florida. A political-action committee called Floridians For Freedom, associated with a longtime marijuana-advocacy group called the Florida Cannabis Action Network, said Tuesday that it had received state approval to begin seeking signatures to get their measure on the November 2016 ballot.
US FL: OPED: Human Link Helps Addiction Recovery but It's Not
Orlando Sentinel, 27 Aug 2015 - When I was 13 years old, I decided to never touch drugs or alcohol due to my family's history of addiction. And I stuck to it. But if I trust author Johann Hari's recent TED Talk, "Everything you know about addiction is wrong," I should feel free to experiment. In the talk, Hari argues that the sole root of and cure for addiction is human connection, but there are some dangerous flaws in his argument.