US FL: PR War Looms Over Cannabis
Sun-Sentinel, 18 Aug 2014 - It's 'Compassion for the Sick' Versus 'Devil in the Details' In Political TV Advertising A burst of ads coming soon to TV screens in Florida will feature patients and doctors extolling the virtues of marijuana as a compassionate way to treat the sick and ease their pain.
US FL: PUB LTE: Deadly Prohibition
Tampa Tribune, 17 Aug 2014 - Regarding your Aug. 10 editorial ("Do voters want to unshackle pot?" Our Views): So-called medical marijuana abuses have beneficial side effects. In California, anyone who wants a medical marijuana recommendation can get one. The 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? As long as there is a demand for marijuana, there will be a supply. Marijuana prohibition keeps violent drug cartels in business. When drug cartels control marijuana distribution, consumers are exposed to illegal cocaine, meth and heroin. This "gateway" is a direct result of the marijuana plant's illegal status. Marijuana may be relatively harmless, but marijuana prohibition is deadly.
US FL: LTE: Stop Downhill Slide
Tampa Tribune, 17 Aug 2014 - Douglas MacKinnon's sober and instructive column, "Greed fuels rally for medical pot," followed by last Sunday's editorial, "Do voters want to unshackle pot?," were an outstanding one-two punch on the side of sanity. Medical professionals oppose medical marijuana. Law enforcement professionals oppose medical marijuana. The Tampa Tribune has stepped up with integrity and intellectual honesty to oppose medical marijuana.
US FL: PUB LTE: 'Conclusions' Challenged
Tampa Tribune, 17 Aug 2014 - The recent opinion piece on the front page of the Tribune, "Greed fuels rally for medical pot" by Douglas MacKinnon (Aug. 9), reaches more incorrect conclusions in one article than I have seen in a long time. MacKinnon calls Colorado "the poster child for all that can go wrong." I would be more apt to call Colorado a shining example. Colorado Gov. John Lickenlooper has estimated Colorado will take in $1 billion in marijuana taxation in it's first year. Colorado is a state with one quarter the population of Florida.
US FL: PUB LTE: Political Question
Tampa Tribune, 17 Aug 2014 - The ignored fact about the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug is what determines medicinal use. It is not scientific medical research. It is written in the law. Safety of use determines medicinal use. Marijuana is not dangerous. It is safer to abuse than alcohol. No one has died from over consuming marijuana. Marijuana is arbitrarily classified as a controlled substance, and that violates due process of law. The scheduling of marijuana as a Schedule I drug is required by federal law to be in compliance with United Nations' Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, which is subjected to constitutional limitation of a party under Article 36.
US FL: PUB LTE: Wrong Question
Tampa Tribune, 17 Aug 2014 - Regarding "Do voters want to unshackle pot?": Wrong question. The question should be: Do voters want to keep cannabis unregulated, untaxed and controlled by criminal gangs? KIRK MUSE, MESA, ARIZONA - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
US FL: PUB LTE: No Expert Witness
Tampa Tribune, 17 Aug 2014 - Your opinion piece "Do voters want to unshackle pot?" last Sunday on medical marijuana was predictable enough, but you should really consider the use of more reality-based opinions in the future. Specifically, I refer to the statement by the OB-GYN that you relied on for your cautionary advice about voting to legalize this herbal medication: "Welcome to pill mills part two," she said.
US FL: Officers Locally Using Kit to Test for 'Spice'
The Gainesville Sun, 15 Aug 2014 - A new field test kit adopted by the Gainesville-Alachua County Drug Task Force provides officers with some power in the fight against the synthetic drug known as "spice," and a proposed city ordinance up for discussion could create an outright ban on the drug. A field test kit that the city-county drug task force deployed about a month ago can test for eight compounds found in the synthetic drug known on the street as synthetic marijuana or spice.
US FL: PUB LTE: People Will Get High, Regardless
Sun-Sentinel, 11 Aug 2014 - The Aug. 1 op-ed, "Amendment 2 not about relief, it's about getting high," by Barney Bishop is just old reefer madness. Mr. Bishop opines that the authors of Amendment 2 are not sincere in their compassion, otherwise they would have specified non-euphoric weed in the language. Euphoria denotes well-being produced in a sick person by the use of drugs. Why omit that? In fact, the euphoria-producing ingredient must remain even in the "Charlotte's Web" strain as it completes the entourage effect that makes the treatment work. Also, without THC, cannabis is limited in the scope of illnesses that it can help with.