US FL: PUB LTE: Balanced Coverage On Medical Pot
Sun-Sentinel, 12 Apr 2014 - As a university student, I have been taught to examine all sides of an issue to form an educated opinion. Instead of blindly arguing one side, I try to weigh the pros and cons and form an opinion that takes bits and pieces from all sides. So I want to commend the Sun Sentinel for its coverage of the medical marijuana issue in Florida. This is a hot topic in the political realm, and the Sun Sentinel provides both sides of the legalization argument to its readers.
US FL: Healing With Hemp: Why Wait Until Medical Marijuana Is
New Times, 10 Apr 2014 - Raul Medina Jr. walks into a Starbucks in Hollywood's Young Circle and asks for a cup of black coffee with light hazelnut syrup and exactly two ice cubes. Better-known as DJ Raw, Medina brought hip-hop to Miami from his native South Bronx and founded Hoodstock, a free, big-name festival in Wynwood in the '90s. He's also a former cocaine kingpin who did a ten-year prison stint for trafficking. Today he's a 50-year-old vegan father of five who prefers the quiet life up in Broward to the neighborhood he helped transform into a graffiti artist's mecca. "Medical marijuana is going to happen, and people are going to be smoking blunts in the streets." "When I got out, people were like 'Let's go take over 40th Street again,' " Medina says. "I was like, 'You can keep 40th Street; I'm going to Broward.' "
US FL: Column: Reefer Might Just Improve the Madness on
Orlando Sentinel, 09 Apr 2014 - WASHINGTON- Legal marijuana is spreading like a weed across the land but it has yet to take root in the place where people might benefit most from inhaling: the U.S. Capitol. The Maryland General Assembly finished work Monday on a marijuana decriminalization bill, joining two dozen other states and the District in some form of legalization. Colorado and Washington allow recreational pot, while most others have legalized only medical marijuana, but the combined campaign has redefined the meaning of a grass-roots movement.
US FL: PUB LTE: Just Say Yes To Legalizing Marijuana
Orlando Sentinel, 09 Apr 2014 - Regarding Douglas MacKinnon's Sunday op-ed, ("Medical marijuana on the ballot fraught with danger"), not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but legal and adult recreational use should be regulated. Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don't ID for age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences. Throwing more money at the problem is no solution. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of drug trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase criminal activity to feed desperate habits. The drug war doesn't fight crime, it fuels crime.
US FL: Cops Hot On Trail As Drug Running Revives In Florida
Orlando Sentinel, 08 Apr 2014 - WASHINGTON - Under cover of night, speedboats sneak into Florida coves and inlets, hauling bundles of marijuana and cocaine. Drugs wash up on shore. Radar aircraft hover, searching for smugglers. And beachgoers stumble onto abandoned bundles of contraband.
US FL: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana
Orlando Sentinel, 08 Apr 2014 - As Douglas MacKinnon wrote Sunday, ("Medical marijuana on the ballot fraught with danger"), the majority of marijuana users in states where it has been legalized are males between 18 to 34 years old with questionable medical needs. The marijuana issue is a double-edged sword. Seriously ill people are in need of the drug, but many more recreational users will abuse the law if marijuana is legalized for medical use. The irony is that marijuana can easily be purchased illegally, and if the referendum is voted down in November, the only losers will be patients in need. Will there be human costs if marijuana is legalized? Since today's pot is considered addictive and physically damaging, undoubtedly there will be many more victims. So will the costs outweigh the benefits?
US FL: Business Rush Now Beginning For Legal-Marijuana Money
Sun-Sentinel, 07 Apr 2014 - If medical marijuana becomes legal in Florida, someone is going to make money from it. Already, a crowd of would-be investors and entrepreneurs is forming on the ground floor. Since last summer, more than 60 businesses have incorporated in Florida with names suggesting the founders intend to get into the medical marijuana business, and the vast majority filed incorporation papers just in the past two months.
US FL: OPED: Medical Marijuana On The Ballot Fraught With
Orlando Sentinel, 06 Apr 2014 - In1939, Frank Capra made one of the most entertaining, important and enduring political movies of all time titled "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur. An essential part of the plot involved an immensely powerful and corrupt businessman by the name of "Jim Taylor" from Mr. Smith's fictional home state. "The Taylor Machine" in the movie continually manipulated a politician it had bought and paid for years earlier. Sadly, 75 years after the film premiered, many hard-working and honest Americans look at our nation's capital and even the state of Florida and understandably wonder if much has really changed.
US FL: PUB LTE: The Case For Medical Pot
Tampa Tribune, 04 Apr 2014 - Regarding 'Common sense needed' (Your Views, March 27): 'Common sense' is in the eye of the beholder. In 2013, I petitioned to put Amendment 2 on the ballot. I found that most supporters of medical marijuana have a close connection to someone who found it was the only drug that worked, or they trusted it would be prescribed in good faith. Conversely, most opponents have a close connection with a substance abuser, or they fear it will lead to full legalization. The key difference is that supporters want sick people to have it without fear of arrest, while opponents would use the criminal justice system to deny it to everyone. Neither side has a perfect position. If medical marijuana were legal, there would be some 'leakage' to people who just want to feel good. Conversely, if we keep the status quo, Florida would continue to forgo the tax revenue that legalizing would generate, while spending taxpayer dollars pretending that it reduces substance abuse. To me, common sense would be a vote for Amendment 2 in November for legal medical marijuana.