US FL: PUB LTE: Another Approach For Legalizing Pot
The Palm Beach Post, 29 Mar 2015 - As a substance-abuse professional, I voted "no" on the medical marijuana issue in November. I believe it would be a hypocritical law, turning doctors into criminals. However, I would favor a law legalizing marijuana for both recreational and medical use. The Everglades could be saved with the revenue derived from taxing marijuana use.
US FL: OPED: Florida Sentencing Laws Cut Blacks' Chances For Success
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Mar 2015 - The tributes to those who braved the nightsticks of Alabama state troopers 50 years ago to march for voting rights were inspiring. The state of Black America a half-century later is depressing. In a recent report titled "Five Bleak Facts on Black Opportunity," the Brookings Institution laid out where things stand. In 1965, the idea of an African-American president and an African-American attorney general might have been unimaginable, but despite that progress at the top, there's been regression below.
US FL: Column: Worthless Canker Program Should Pay Off In Marijuana
Sun-Sentinel, 20 Mar 2015 - Florida'=C2=80=C2=99s citrus canker eradication program has been screwed up from beginning to end. Well, almost the end. A jury this month awarded Palm Beach County's homeowners roughly $16 million for trees cut down in an attempt to protect the state's citrus industry. Broward homeowners who lost their backyard trees stand to collect more millions from a previous jury verdict.
US FL: PUB LTE: Florida - Catch Up On Legalized Marijuana
Sun-Sentinel, 19 Mar 2015 - My home state continues to disappoint me, and it saddens me more and more each day. Florida has become the mockery of the rest of the country, and we just keep screwing things up. Colorado, Oregon, Washington and even the nation's capital have all legalized marijuana for recreational use. And we can't even pass a medical marijuana bill?
US FL: DEA Keeps Broker Rolling In Marijuana
Commercial Appeal, 15 Mar 2015 - BOCA RATON, Fla. - The interior of Irvin Rosenfeld's Toyota 4Runner reeks of marijuana. A tin stuffed with hundreds of joints lies in the trunk, and a bag full of them is stored in the door pocket. On a recent weekday, the 62-year-old stockbroker stopped at a red light and took a drag. His exhale filled the cabin with smoke. It was his fourth joint that day. It wasn't yet lunchtime.
US FL: PUB LTE: God Created Healing Plants, So Legalize
Bradenton Herald, 14 Mar 2015 - Another reason to allow sick people to use cannabis that doesn't get mentioned (Letter, "Florida sheriff's wrong on medical marijuana bill," March 5) is because it is biblically correct since God (The Ecologist) created all the seed bearing plants, saying they're all good on literally the very first page of the Bible. Further, many people know of cannabis as the tree of life, and the very last page of the Bible indicates the leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations.
US FL: The DEA Giving Away Pot? It Can't Be - Cannabis?
Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar 2015 - Boca Raton, Fla. - The interior of Irvin Rosenfeld's Toyota 4Runner reeks of marijuana. A tin stuffed with hundreds of joints lies in the trunk, and a bag full of them is stored in the door pocket. On a recent weekday, the 62-year-old stockbroker stopped at a red light and took a drag. His exhale filled the cabin with smoke. It was his fourth joint that day. It wasn't yet lunchtime.
US FL: OPED: Colorado Shows Marijuana Legalization Works
The Palm Beach Post, 09 Mar 2015 - Recreational marijuana use was legalized in Washington D.C. and Alaska on Feb. 26 and Feb. 24, respectively. D.C.'s legalization has prompted some congressional Republicans to try to undermine the city's reforms. However, the experience of states that have already legalized, and economic theory, both indicate that legalization creates more benefits than costs. Recreational use and possession of marijuana up to 2 ounces is now legal in Washington D.C. for individuals 21 years of age and over (1 ounce in Alaska). Although the sale of marijuana is still illegal in D.C., gifts of up to 1 ounce are permitted. Marijuana must be consumed on private property and individuals are allowed to "homegrow" up to six marijuana plants in both D.C. and Alaska. Alaska plans to allow marijuana retailer licensing beginning in 2016 but D.C. has not announced any plans to legalize the sale of marijuana.
US FL: PUB LTE: Rep. Greg Steube, Florida Sheriffs Wrong on
Bradenton Herald, 05 Mar 2015 - In the March 1 editorial, "Galvano, Steube to play key roles in the Florida Legislature," the Herald writes that state Rep. Greg Steube has agreed with the position of the Florida Sheriff's Association (FSA) on medical marijuana. This is very disappointing and shortsighted by Rep. Steube because the position of the FSA is not supported by the facts. I am a retired federal agent with over 27 years of experience.