US FL: PUB LTE: Bill, Not Amendment
Tampa Tribune, 25 Jan 2015 - Regarding "Consider Maine's program" (Your Views, Jan. 22) by John Chase of Palm Harbor: He's right. The Florida Legislature should pass a bill regarding medical marijuana that treats it just like any other doctor-prescribed opiate. Why amend the Florida Constitution? If a constitutional amendment passes, it would be almost impossible to change if it needs to be tweaked. Whereas with a legislative bill, it could be done easily. Samuel T. DuLaney
US FL: State Pot Committee Heavy With Commercial Interests
Orlando Sentinel, 19 Jan 2015 - Florida's rules for medical marijuana will be crafted in part by a 12-member panel that includes Winter Garden nurseryman Bruce Knox and at least eight others in position to make money from the law. The 12 make up a committee formed to help the Florida Department of Health determine how to select, license and regulate Florida companies to grow a non-euphoric cannabis, make a medicinal oil from it and sell it to patients.
US FL: Editorial: Lead Or Be Eclipsed On Medical Marijuana
Sun-Sentinel, 18 Jan 2015 - Those who opposed last year's push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida raised several concerns. They feared it would allow children to get medical pot from their doctor. They feared it would be prescribed for just about anything, including a hangnail. They feared caregivers would become drug dealers. And above all else, they said it had no business as an amendment to the state constitution. In November, Amendment 2 came close to passing with 58 percent of the vote, just shy of the 60 percent needed. At the time, its principal backer, Orlando trial attorney John Morgan, promised he'd be back. And Monday, he filed paperwork to start the process for placing a revised initiative on the 2016 ballot.
US FL: Editorial: Pot? Not! Floridians Still Waiting
News Herald, 12 Jan 2015 - By now, if everything had gone according to plan, cancer and epilepsy patients in Florida would be able to receive a low-potency form of marijuana to ease their symptoms. State Rep. Matt Gaetz proposed this medical marijuana initiative and pushed it through the Legislature last spring, and Gov. Rick Scott signed it into law. It was supposed to take effect Jan. 1, eight days ago.
US FL: Column: Get 'Hooked' On Marijuana Cousin, Hemp Seeds
Orlando Sentinel, 11 Jan 2015 - Eaten any hemp lately? I have - for lunch. I sprinkled hemp hearts, which are raw, shelled hemp seeds, on top of a sweet potato. It was delicious. Hemp's nutty, buttery flavor blends wonderfully with the soft, smooth texture of a cooked sweet potato. My husband Ralph has been enjoying this highly nutritional food for years, but I have only recently begun to realize what he's been saying all along: Hemp seeds are a delectable addition to so many of our meals.
US FL: LTE: Easing Marijuana Enforcement A Mistake
Sun-Sentinel, 29 Dec 2014 - The Sun Sentinel article, "Marijuana-Friendly States to Get a Break from DEA" (Dec. 16), indicates that with the passage of the latest federal spending bill, the Feds will no longer enforce the anti-sales laws of marijuana in those 32 states (and D.C.) that have legalized it. This marijuana approval occurred despite the fact that no valid scientific proof exists of the positive, long-term medical effect of marijuana. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has documented a host of negative effects, including impaired intelligence, altered moods, increased risk for leukemia, increased susceptibility to bronchitis, transmittance of birth defects, impairment of brain functions, as well as impaired bodily coordination. They further report that the chances for a heart attack are 5 times greater after smoking pot and the chances for a car accident doubles.
US FL: Medical-pot Rules To Be Rewritten Hearing Set
Sun-Sentinel, 20 Dec 2014 - The Florida Department of Health will not appeal a judge's ruling that it must write new regulations for medical marijuana and instead announced a public hearing on the matter for Orlando on Dec. 30. The hearing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - or perhaps later - at the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, 6101 Lake Ellenor Drive in Orlando, officials said.
US FL: Medical-Pot Rules to Be Rewritten; Dec. 30 Public
Orlando Sentinel, 17 Dec 2014 - The Florida Department of Health will not appeal a judge's ruling that it must write new regulations for medical marijuana and instead announced a public hearing on the matter for Orlando on Dec. 30. The hearing will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - or perhaps later - at the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, 6101 Lake Ellenor Drive in Orlando, officials said.
US FL: 'Charlotte's Web' Rewrite
Sun-Sentinel, 14 Dec 2014 - Medical-Marijuana Rules May Change Florida's rules for companies to grow and sell medical marijuana to patients with severe epilepsy and other debilitating conditions could be out as soon as Monday.