Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US FL: Aging And Addicted: The Opioid Epidemic Affects Elderly, Too

    Orlando Sentinel, 07 Jan 2017 - [photo] Oxycodone pain pills. It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into his stay at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, the nausea and aching muscles of opioid withdrawal were finally beginning to fade.
  2. US FL: PUB LTE: Orlando Right To Lessen Pot Punishment

    Orlando Sentinel, 04 Jan 2017 - Kudos for pot vote Mayor Buddy Dyer and the city of Orlando recently passed, 4-3, the initial vote to deprioritize arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana. I'm thankful for Dyer and Commissioners Regina Hill, Patty Sheehan and Robert Stuart for their support of the ordinance. I, unfortunately, left the City Council meeting feeling disappointed in Commissioner Samuel Ings for voting against it.
  3. US FL: Months Of Waiting And Legislative Wrangling Ahead For Medical

    Orlando Sentinel, 29 Dec 2016 - Would-be medical marijuana entrepreneurs face months of waiting and an unknown number of rules and regulations With the passage of the medical marijuana amendment, would-be pot-shop proprietors looking to get in on the ground floor of Florida's Green Rush are in for months of waiting and an uncertain regulatory future.
  4. US FL: PUB LTE: Laboratory Of The States

    Tampa Bay Times, 11 Oct 2016 - The only sure way to know if the dire warnings against Amendment 2 (medical marijuana) will happen is to vote it in and find out. Fortunately for Florida, other states have already done that. The four states where marijuana is fully legal began with medical marijuana about 15 years before. Those years of experience told voters that the dire predictions were wrong.
  5. US FL: Fla. Pot Proponent: Regulation Is Key

    The Palm Beach Post, 05 Sep 2016 - Brightly lit and bustling, Harborside Health Center serves as something of a model for the medical marijuana industry - even as California's freewheeling approach to cannabis is seen as an example of how not to do things. As dozens of customers at Harborside pick their products, chatty budtenders talk knowledgeably about the selection, which includes cannabis for smoking, eating and vaporizing.
  6. US FL: Column: Time For Sports To Get Out Of Pot Testing

    Sun-Sentinel, 21 Aug 2016 - In 2009, when Ricky Williams studied as a masseuse and gaveme a Japanese shiatsu massage, the subject of marijuana came up-this is where conversations could go during deep-tissue revitalization with Ricky- and he said something ahead of its time. "Why does the NFL even care about catching players smoking pot?" he said. "How does that benefit anyone?" Have we advanced enough to ask this in 2016?
  7. US FL: PUB LTE: Legal Marijuana

    Miami Herald, 02 Aug 2016 - Re Mark Wilson's July 28 letter, "Florida does not need 2,000 'pot shops' ": It seems that the only devastating effects should Amendment 2, legalizing medical marijuana, will be that hundreds of thousands of suffering Floridians will get relief from cheap natural plants that won't cost $50 a pill and come with a list of hazardous side effects a mile long. I'm sure the Florida Chamber of Commerce's mission of promoting good private-sector jobs supports the sale of tobacco, which kills half a million Americans annually just as sure as the sun rises and sets. How's that for devastating?
  8. US FL: Some Fla. Cities Slow To Welcome Pot Shops

    The Palm Beach Post, 30 Jul 2016 - Dispensaries Say Local Officials Wary of New Business. As pot shops start to sprout in Florida, cities are struggling with how - or whether - to regulate the state's new marijuana industry. This week, the state's first medical-marijuana dispensary, operated by Trulieve, opened its doors to customers in Tallahassee. Health officials Wednesday gave the go-ahead to a second group, Surterra, to start distributing its cannabis products. Both marijuana operators have permission to deliver products statewide, and Surterra plans to open a dispensary next month in Tampa.
  9. US FL: LTE: Medical Marijuana Will Be a Disaster for Florida

    Tallahassee Democrat, 27 Jul 2016 - Far be it for me to disagree with the Capital Curmudgeon, but I must take issue that Florida will not be California when it comes to medical marijuana. Of course not - Florida was merely the pill mill capital of the nation with criminal medical professionals complicit in the schemes. With medical marijuana, Florida will be much worse! I foresee many more than the 2,000 pot shops predicted by the Florida Department of Health should this amendment pass.