US FL: LTE: Turning Seniors Into Drug Dealers
Sun-Sentinel, 28 Aug 2014 - Amendment 2 (legalizing marijuana for medical use) will turn thousands of Floridians into drug dealers. Seniors short of money will be using their Medicare to visit doctors, and will tell them they have pains that can'=C2=80=C2=99t be corrected with regular prescriptions. They'=C2=80 =C2=99ll say they tried their grandson'=C2=80=C2=99s cannabis and that it made them fe el great. Theya'=C2=99ll demand a prescription. After getting a script, they'=C2=80=C2=99ll get their monthly supply and sell it for extra cash. Daniel Sullivan, Coconut Creek - --- MAP posted-by: Matt
US FL: PUB LTE: Police Will Respond To Voters' Will
Tampa Bay Times, 28 Aug 2014 - This letter makes the point that law enforcement will enforce antidrug laws to enhance their own self-interests, not necessarily to reduce drug addiction. The opposition of the Florida Sheriff's Association to Amendment 2 is an example, according to the letter. I agree. But I am also an optimist. I believe that when voters put Amendment 2 into the Florida Constitution, as polls indicate they will, the sheriffs will innovate. They will shift money, around to do more on-foot community policing, for instance, and less pot-busting.
US FL: PUB LTE: Start With Amendment 2
Sun-Sentinel, 25 Aug 2014 - I am 80 and likely will never use marijuana in any form for any reason, but I want the entire plant to be legalized for medical use. The high CBD component (as found in Charlotte's Web) was featured in Sanjay Gupta's "Weed 1" report on CNN last August. It was the heartrending videos of Charlotte Figi's seizures that made legalizing it a slam-dunk in the Legislature this year.
US FL: Column: Will Medical-Pot Centers End Up in Low-Income
Sun-Sentinel, 25 Aug 2014 - TALLAHASSEE - Here's one aspect of Florida's medical-marijuana debate getting little airplay: Would the dispensaries be crowded into poor and minority neighborhoods? If voters statewide pass Amendment 2 this fall, the dispensaries have to open somewhere. Critics of legalizing marijuana such as Attorney General Pam Bondi and others have warned it could lead to pill-mill-like explosions of dispensaries "on every street corner." But there is some evidence that they may be concentrated in poorer, urban and disproportionately minority areas, not suburban strip malls.
US FL: PUB LTE: Support Legalizing Pot
Sun-Sentinel, 24 Aug 2014 - Florida's voters are embarking on the most crucial election of their lives - voting for or against the use of medically-authorized marijuana. That marijuana can be fully taxed and regulated, as with alcohol and tobacco, is a good choice for our state's lawmakers to make. Jeb Bush and most conservative politicians, of course, will resort to the think-of-the-children approach by attacking marijuana users and even seriously ill patients. It's unsurprising that more than 80 percent of residents in Florida are overwhelmingly supporting the legalization of marijuana, while 10 percent oppose it.
US FL: PUB LTE: Prison Industry Influence
Tampa Bay Times, 23 Aug 2014 - PRISON INDUSTRY INFLUENCE I have been trying to understand why the Florida Sheriff's Association has come out against the medical marijuana amendment, which is supported by most of the public. Objectively, the data are clear. Opiate medications are far more dangerous than marijuana. Therefore, if medical marijuana can substantially reduce dependency on opiates, legalizing it is a no-brainer.
US FL: PUB LTE: Allow Legal Pot Use
Sun-Sentinel, 18 Aug 2014 - Regarding Barney Bishop's Aug. 1 op-ed, "Amendment 2 not about relief, it's about getting high": It's true that anyone in California who wants a medical marijuana recommendation can get one. The medical recommendation allows consumers to purchase locally grown marijuana of known quality and safety from dispensaries that generate tax revenue. Is it somehow preferable that Florida consumers purchase untaxed, unregulated and potentially unsafe marijuana from criminals?
US FL: LTE: Questions
Tampa Tribune, 17 Aug 2014 - I have a question about the legalization of marijuana, particularly as it applies in states where recreational use is also permitted. Marijuana is one of the substances on the prohibited list for college and professional athletes, and its detection can result in fines and suspensions. If I were an athlete in a state like Colorado, where marijuana is as legal as a glass of beer, how does it apply to the prohibited list of substances? Would I receive sanctions for using something that is perfectly legal?
US FL: PUB LTE: 'Charlotte's' Web Rules
Tampa Tribune, 17 Aug 2014 - When the Florida Legislature passed the Charlotte's Web marijuana legislation, it gave the Department of Health responsibility to develop the immense and comprehensive framework of rules necessary to navigate such uncharted territory. As with any new set of guidelines, the first draft is almost never the last, and the department has done an exceptional job of using public comments to correct rule making oversights and omissions. However, there is one area where the department has seemingly turned a deaf ear to the near-unanimous voice of the public: the use of a lottery system to award the five licenses authorized by the new law.