US FL: OPED: UF Can Be Leader In Cannabis Innovation
Sun-Sentinel, 04 Mar 2014 - Florida has a unique opportunity to lead the way in cannabis research at our land-grant university, the University of Florida. With so much attention being given to the proposed constitutional amendment allowing licensed Florida physicians to recommend the medical use of marijuana by qualified patients, we believe that our land-grant university must respond with adequate research to ensure the safety and efficacy of cannabis in safe, effective forms like oils, pills and creams.
US FL: Parents Fight For Kids' Medical Pot
Sun-Sentinel, 04 Mar 2014 - They Tout Effective Epilepsy Treatment; Some Experts Wary Nicole Gross was so desperate to find relief for her son's near-constant, debilitating seizures that she moved him from the Chicago suburb of Naperville to Colorado so he could receive medical marijuana.
US FL: OPED: Liberty Demands The Sick Have Access To Reefer RX
Orlando Sentinel, 28 Feb 2014 - Here's something else important: ... legal drugs can kill if used in excess ... without medical guidance. Marijuana has never killed anybody. A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana will appear along with the governor's race on the November ballot in the state of Florida. Regardless of their candidate preferences, Florida voters will be able to decide whether medical marijuana will become a reality in the Sunshine State.
US FL: OPED: Those Who Say Smoked Pot Is Safe Just Blowing
Orlando Sentinel, 28 Feb 2014 - The current ballot initiative in Florida will result in 'pot mills,' not unlike the devastating 'pill mills' that have made our state infamous. If trial lawyers and out-of-state billionaires have their way, Florida will join states like California and Colorado by creating a massive industry selling things like marijuana cookies, lollipops and candies - all in the name of "medicine." In those states, the average "medical" marijuana user is a 30-something white male with a history of drug abuse, and no history of HIV, cancer, multiple sclerosis, or any of the conditions touted by advocates in campaign mode.
US FL: Florida Man: I'm 'Living Proof' For Legalizing Medical
Orlando Sentinel, 27 Feb 2014 - Whenever Irv Rosenfeld needs relief from the pain and swelling of hundreds of bone tumors, he lights up a joint - almost anywhere he wants. Legally. Rosenfeld, a financial planner from South Florida, calls it medicine. So do his doctors. So does the federal government, which not only supplies Rosenfeld with the equivalent of a get-out-of-jail-free card, it also supplies him with his weed. Rosenfeld, 61, is one of only two people in the United States who have a federal legal blessing to smoke pot.
US FL: PUB LTE: Wrong Goal
Tampa Tribune, 26 Feb 2014 - Regarding "The hype of drug legalization" (Other Views, Feb. 21): The problem with the drug war is not the hype; it's the goal: "to limit demand for drugs," as measured by annual surveys of drug use. The unstated assumption is that drug addiction will decline in proportion to drug use. It won't. When penalties rise and/or society frowns harder on drug use, large numbers of casual users quit, allowing the surveys to report success. But addicts continue to get their drug because they are, well, addicts. It is they - not the casual users - who damage society. The goal should be "to limit addiction to drugs," and the task be shifted from the Department of Justice to the Department of Health and Human Services. John G. Chase
US FL: Editorial: Florida's Drug Laws: Legalize 'Charlotte's Web'
The Ledger, 26 Feb 2014 - Commonsense reforms to drug laws have been rare in the Florida Legislature, but it appears that lawmakers couldn't ignore children being deprived of seizure medication. Children who have intractable epileptic seizures benefit from a marijuana extract known as Charlotte's Web. Bills in the state Senate and House would legalize the substance, including a measure introduced last week by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island (south of Jacksonville).
US FL: Citizens Sidestep Legislature On Ballot Measures
The Ledger, 22 Feb 2014 - TALLAHASSEE - State Sen. Jeff Clemens filed Florida's first medical marijuana bill while he was in the Florida House in 2011. "It went nowhere," said Clemens, a Lake Worth Democrat. "It never received a hearing - and I received a lot of snickers and laughs."
US FL: Pot Initiative, Others Proliferate As Legislature
The Gainesville Sun, 22 Feb 2014 - TALLAHASSEE - State Sen. Jeff Clemens filed Florida's first medical marijuana bill while he was in the Florida House in 2011. "It went nowhere," said Clemens, a Lake Worth Democrat. "It never received a hearing - and I received a lot of snickers and laughs."