Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US FL: Editorial: Enough Reefer Madness - Let's Have a Real

    Port St. Lucie Tribune, 24 Jun 2016 - The 1936 film "Reefer Madness" wound up becoming a campy cult classic because the movie, originally designed as a warning about the dangers of marijuana use, so overdramatized the issue that it's message simply couldn't be taken seriously. Now, with a slew of new polls showing Floridians overwhelmingly support the legalization of medical marijuana, opponents of Amendment 2 - the proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical pot - are themselves edging closer to unintentional satire.
  2. US FL: How Getting Tough on Prescription Pill Mills Led to

    The Guardian, 25 May 2016 - Opioid Deaths in the US Have Multiplied in Recent Years. Chris Mcgreal Visits Fort Lauderdale to Explore the Origins of the Epidemic For James Fata, the transition from prescription painkillers to heroin was seamless. The 24-year-old came to Florida to shake an addiction to opioid pills, but trying to go through rehab in a region known as the prescription capital of the US proved too much. When a government crackdown curtailed his supply of pills, Fata turned to readily available heroin to fill the void.
  3. US FL: Backers: State Pot Industry Worth Billions

    The Palm Beach Post, 23 May 2016 - Proponents Cite Benefits to Many Ill Floridians, Thousands of Added Jobs, Millions in Tax Revenue. Entrepreneurs in the budding cannabis industry are salivating at the prospect that Florida might legalize medical marijuana.
  4. US FL: Fight Over Pot Measure Hits Airwaves

    Orlando Sentinel, 21 May 2016 - TALLAHASSEE - The medical marijuana amendment is back, and the fight over the issue is poised to return to the airwaves and screens of all sizes throughout Florida. Drug Free Florida, the group that successfully fended off a similar amendment in 2014, released its first video this week attacking the new measure that will go before voters on the November ballot. The three-minute video is running online only, but it signals the start of a campaign likely to inundate the state with ads.
  5. US FL: OPED: I Use Pain Meds, But I'm No Addict

    Sun-Sentinel, 19 May 2016 - Not all pain medication users are addicts. That sentence had to bemy first because it is a truth that is not well represented. The media have chosen to tell you ever more frightening tales about prescription pill abuse without letting you know about us-the responsible users. Opioids, narcotics, barbiturates, muscle relaxers, corticosteroids or tricyclics are a part of our daily medication regimen, but we aren't looking to get high. I certainly don't deny there is a major problem with prescription drug abuse.
  6. US FL: PUB LTE: Losing Out On Pot Taxes

    Sun-Sentinel, 19 May 2016 - Because the legalization of medical marijuana will be on the ballot again this year, Florida legislators may want to remember that states are losing billions by not legalizing pot. According to a new study, federal and state governments are missing out on $28 billion by not legalizing recreational marijuana.
  7. US FL: Vote No on 2 Slams Marijuana Initiative As a Full

    Orlando Sentinel, 17 May 2016 - TALLAHASSEE - A group fighting a proposed amendment to allow medical marijuana in Florida released its first web video Monday, attacking the measure as a fig leaf for full-blown legalization of the drug. The video from Drug Free Florida's Vote No on 2 campaign is posted on its website and isn't running as an ad on television or online. But it signals the first salvo from those opposed to Amendment 2.
  8. US FL: Palm Beach County Marijuana Incarceration Costs

    Sun-Sentinel, 16 May 2016 - Palm Beach County's cost for jailing people caught with small amounts of marijuana may be much less than initially estimated, according to revised figures released Monday. Just last week, the county estimated that it cost taxpayers $1.1 million from 2009 to 2015 to jail people whose most serious offense was having a small amount of marijuana.
  9. US FL: LTE: States Allowing Marijuana See Rise in DUI

    Sun-Sentinel, 16 May 2016 - No matter how defensively you drive in Florida, not having an accident is usually by luck, not skill. Almost every day we read about fatal DUI accidents. Usually the driver at fault, already has had 4-5 DUI convictions and is driving with a suspended license. In Florida, we will be voting whether to legalize pot. In some states that have legalized marijuana, fatal car crashes have doubled.