US FL: PUB LTE: Give Consideration To Legalized Pot
Citrus County Chronicle, 09 Feb 2016 - I remain so disappointed in the lawmakers unwilling to see the benefits of legalizing marijuana completely. It helps with more things that ail a person than what will be medically prescribed eventually. I realize this is a backwards state, just one, among several others. The laws imposed upon us, by people who can drink their way into oblivion, if they choose, is kind of hypocritical ... don't you think? They are stuck in a time warp and can't see past their rigid beliefs. Legalize it. Put laws on it. No difference than the rules for drinking. It is not a gateway drug. No more than the person taking their first drink is destined to be a drunk. An addict will be an addict no matter what the substance.
US FL: Editorial: As Government Drags Its Feet, Voters Move on
The Palm Beach Post, 07 Feb 2016 - After utterly failing to bring relief even to children with severe epilepsy through a non-narcotic form of marijuana, Florida officials fully deserve the wrath of voters who are on the way to taking matters into their own hands - with a constitutional amendment that would make marijuana available for a wide range of debilitating medical conditions. The medical marijuana amendment has gained enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. It is sponsored by the same folks who fell just short with a similar amendment in 2014. Then, the measure got 58 percent of the vote. This time - in a higher-turnout, presidential election year - the chances of gaining the needed 60 percent seem in the bag.
US FL: LTE: Medical Pot Caution
Orlando Sentinel, 30 Jan 2016 - I'm not surprised that enough petitions have been collected to put medical marijuana on this year's ballot. I believe true medical marijuana would have eased my 73-year-old father's pain before his death due to cancer. I was approached a few weeks ago at a grocery-store parking lot by someone seeking my signature on the petition. I declined because all the activists were high-school and college-aged youth. Did they all need "'medical" marijuana? I doubt it. But apparently they'd like to have "medical" marijuana legalized.
US FL: LTE: Pot Not The Answer
Tampa Tribune, 25 Jan 2016 - Regarding 'A first step' (Your Views, Jan. 20): Legalizing marijuana is going to open a can of worms. We have construction workers who have to operate heavy equipment; if they use marijuana, this would endanger everyone around the area. Then there are the ramifications of long-term usage - lung cancer, arterial disease, etc. Education is key to letting these people know marijuana is not the answer. Stephen Burchett, Seffner - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
US FL: Editorial: Alternatives To Marijuana Arrests
The Gainesville Sun, 22 Jan 2016 - Alachua County officials are heading in the right direction by creating alternatives to arresting people caught with small amounts of marijuana. The police departments of the county's municipalities and college campuses, along with officials in other counties and statewide, should get on board with such an approach.
US FL: PUB LTE: A First Step
Tampa Tribune, 20 Jan 2016 - Regarding: "Tampa moves to downgrade pot offense" (front page, Jan. 12): As we move toward decriminalization of marijuana, a caveat: Although decriminalization will reduce the cost of enforcement and avoid upsetting the lives of arrestees, it will not reduce the violence, the murders, the drive-by shootings, the deaths of innocents caught in the crossfire, or the grisly murders south of the Rio Grande. Credit the law of supply and demand for all that. Demand will increase, owing to the reduced cost (i.e. just a ticket, not an arrest). Increased demand will increase price, other things being equal. This will add to the wealth and violence of the street market. And if enforcement shifts from users to suppliers, as many of our leaders say it must, price will rise even higher. This is why alcohol prohibition failed. We arrested bootleggers, but not drinkers. The 1920s were, in effect, a time of decriminalized alcohol and ended only when alcohol became legal again. It is very important to decriminalize marijuana, but know that it is just a first step in ending the violence and corruption inherent in enforcing prohibition against a substance that millions of Americans want.
US FL: PUB LTE: Benefits Of Changing The Law
Tampa Bay Times, 17 Jan 2016 - Decriminalization of marijuana is coming as a refreshing breeze. We Americans deal ourselves a triple whammy when we enforce a law that makes a felony of behavior that is not criminal. First, there is the waste of taxpayer money to enforce that law. Second, there's the loss to society of contributions the felon would have made if he had not been fighting the charge. Third, there's the loss of respect by the public for a criminal justice system that focuses on small offenses.
US FL: PUB LTE: Bravo To Bradshaw For Stand On Pot
The Palm Beach Post, 03 Jan 2016 - I applaud Sheriff Ric Bradshaw on his response to recent actions taken by the Palm Beach County Commission pertaining to marijuana laws. Our Florida Legislature enacts laws. Our police officers are trained and sworn to enforce those laws. City and county commissions who are enacting civil penalties for marijuana possession are attempting to divert the energies of "law enforcement" to serve as revenue-enhancement agents enforcing civil penalties. Creating ordinances that cater to the pleasures of constituents indirectly supports many poor people forced to grow marijuana in lieu of food crops, the cartel, the street dealer and the families affected by the end result.
US FL: Editorial: Will Legislators Blow Last Chance at Medical
The Palm Beach Post, 30 Dec 2015 - Just when it seemed Florida might finally be getting off the state's dizzying medical marijuana merry-go-round, new variables promise further delay of the legal, non-euphoric marijuana the Legislature promised two years ago. The 2016 session just became legislators' last chance to deliver compassion for children with intractable epilepsy, and people with advanced cancer and similar debilitating conditions.