US FL: PUB LTE: Let Doctors Make Pot Decision For Patients
Florida Today, 30 Jul 2014 - I'm writing in response to Jodi James' thoughtful Sunday guest column, "Floridians deserve safe, legal access to medical pot." While there have been studies showing that marijuana can shrink cancerous tumors, medical marijuana is essentially a palliative drug. If a doctor recommends marijuana to a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy, and it helps them feel better, then it's working. In the end, medical marijuana is a quality-of-life decision best left to patients and their doctors.
US FL: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Badly Needed In Florida
Sun-Sentinel, 28 Jul 2014 - I'm looking forward to voting on the Florida constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. Even though some may abuse a useful tool, many more would be helped by its medicinal qualities. I have a condition for which there is no known cause and no known cure. It visits every person when they least expect it and stays longer than welcome. Those of us with polymyalgia rheumatica take varied medications to help us move our hands, arms and legs every day. Some mornings, I cannot make a fist to wash my face, pour a cup of coffee, or reach an itch on my shoulder. A lot of the medications for this condition have annoying side effects. A physician I visited initially said that more relief - and a quicker remission and recovery - can be attained with medical marijuana.
US FL: Column: Reefer Madness Vs. Demon Rum
Sun-Sentinel, 27 Jul 2014 - Back in the early 1970s, when I as in college, my campus and its surrounding town had a kind of live-and-let-live understanding about students' recreational use of marijuana. As long as local residents weren't disturbed by noise, and no damage was done to off-campus property, the tiny town's police department turned its limited manpower to other, more important matters-like making sure unauthorized people didn't use the municipal dump. I remember once being in a dorm room, where the air was thick with smoke. Black Sabbath was blasting out of the stereo speakers, when suddenly, the door opened. Dazzling fluorescent light from the hallway spilled into the haze. It was a campus cop. We froze.
US FL: Pot Opponent Not Ready To Roll Over
Orlando Sentinel, 25 Jul 2014 - But D.C. Man Finds It's A Lonely Fight As Drug Gains Ground WASHINGTON - As pro-marijuana forces deployed their sidewalk soldiers to gather signatures to put pot legalization on the District of Columbia's November ballot, Aaron McCormick, a 47-year-old city native and father of three, watched with growing alarm. DAVID
US FL: OPED: Fix Florida's Medical Marijuana Law
Sun-Sentinel, 23 Jul 2014 - Anyone arguing that the constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana in Florida is inherently flawed because it leaves broad authority to the state Department of Health should look to SB1030 to see what happens when the department is not given such broad authority to do its job. The state agency held its first public hearing on rulemaking for the so-called "Charlotte's Web" law. Since their hands are tied by statute crafted by politicians, they are forced to live within those political confines, to the displeasure of all involved with the process, but more importantly, to the detriment of families who are so desperate for this treatment.
US FL: PUB LTE: Understanding The Plant
Tampa Tribune, 22 Jul 2014 - Wake up, America. Medical marijuana could one day help you or your loved one. Enough studies have already proven the profound benefits for certain people with chronic conditions or diseases. The federal government's role in preventing access to reputable pharmaceuticals made from the chemicals in marijuana is absurd. I have been a medical professional for 37 years, and I believe education is the key to understanding the plant and the process. Laws need to change. D.J. Streeter, PLANT CITY - --- MAP posted-by: Matt
US FL: LTE: Rabbi's Pot Remark Silly And Dangerous
The Palm Beach Post, 19 Jul 2014 - I read the front-page article ("Parents speak out at medical pot seminar," July 12) and the coverage of the Florida Cannabis Coalition in Boca Raton about the business of "medical" marijuana, where attendees paid $99 to hear industry leaders. What struck me most were the last two paragraphs: "Orthodox Rabbi Aaron of Miami said he attended because he is interested in marijuana both for its medical use and as a potential personal investment. As for its bad reputation, man makes booze, God makes cannabis. Who do you trust?"
US FL: Column: 5 Growers May Hit ( Jack)Pot With Medical
The Palm Beach Post, 16 Jul 2014 - When I moved to Florida 30 years ago, it was for a job as a newspaper writer. If only I had a crystal ball. It would have told me to open a plant nursery - preferably someplace in Northeast Florida. But short of a crystal ball, how was I to know?
US FL: Opponents Say Amendment 2 Is 'De Facto Legalization' Of
Tallahassee Democrat, 16 Jul 2014 - Opponents of Florida's medical marijuana ballot initiative criticized the language of Amendment 2 Wednesday and pointed to growing concerns in other states that have allowed recreational use of the drug. "Don't fool yourself," said Drug Free America Foundation Executive Director Calvina Faye. "This amendment is de facto legalization."