US FL: PUB LTE: Regulation Of Paid [sic] Medication Has Gone Too
Tallahassee Democrat, 25 Feb 2015 - I practiced orthopedic surgery in Tallahassee for 35 years. During that time, it was necessary to provide pain medication to my patients many times. There was never any problem doing what was indicated, as I can recall. But that was then, and now is now. Now the government has decided it will decide who gets medication and who does not. How has the government done that? By making it so difficult to prescribe narcotic pain medication that many physicians simply refuse to do so. They are afraid of being sanctioned or of losing their license to practice because the D.E.A. has gone too far in cleaning up the pill mills.
US FL: Florida GOP Warms To Medicinal Pot
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 23 Feb 2015 - WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (AP) - Republican lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year's presidential race could drive opponents to the polls. Last year lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a law to allow low-potency strains of marijuana helpful to a very limited group of patients. But many people argued it was inadequate and took the fight to voters with a constitutional amendment that would have widely expanded the drug's availability to the sick. It got about 58 percent of the vote in November but needed 60 percent to pass under Florida law.
US FL: After Medical Marijuana Defeat, Some in GOP Tentatively
Orlando Sentinel, 23 Feb 2015 - WEST PALM BEACH (AP) - Republican lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year's presidential race could drive opponents to the polls. Last year, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a law to allow low-potency strains of marijuana helpful to a very limited group of patients. But many people argued it was inadequate and took the fight to voters with a constitutional amendment that would have widely expanded the drug's availability to the sick. It got about 58 percent of the vote in November but needed 60 percent to pass under Florida law.
US FL: Column: Where Are We On Medical Marijuana?
The Ledger, 22 Feb 2015 - Well, let's see, citizens have been asking the Florida Legislature to legalize it for at least a decade - and legislators said no. There was a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November, put there via citizen initiative. Months before the election, it polled at 78 percent, with support across party lines, age, race and gender. Legislative leaders came out publicly against it. Anti-drug crusaders formed a political action committee and hit up Daddy Warbucks - Sheldon Adelson - for millions to fund their effort.
US FL: Politician Denies Flip-Flop On Pot
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Feb 2015 - Lawyer Accuses Representative U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in an interview Friday, emphatically rejected an allegation that she offered to change her position on medical marijuana in return for a prominent pot activist retracting statements critical of the congresswoman.
US FL: OPED: DEA Crackdown Causing Legitimate Pain Patients To
The Gainesville Sun, 21 Feb 2015 - The state of Florida recently endured the "pill mill crisis," a proliferation of narcotic medication that resulted in the reported overdose deaths in Florida of approximately 7 people per day. This crisis was the result of drug dealers paying people to pose as patients in pain while presenting to Florida physicians. Physicians and pharmacies were either duped or knowingly participated until 2011, when the Florida Legislature dealt with the crisis by passing legislation to regulate prescriptions of narcotic medications.
US FL: Tribe Threatens to Grow Pot If Casino Disallowed in
Orlando Sentinel, 21 Feb 2015 - PENSACOLA (AP) - A small, Alabama-based Indian tribe that wants to expand its casinos into the Sunshine State might adopt a hardball negotiating stance: Let us offer gambling in a few Florida locations, or we could consider growing and selling marijuana on our property. The prospect of selling pot is just one "what if" scenario that tribal leaders say is possible. But what the Poarch Creek Band of Indians want now is for Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature to take them seriously and approve a compact with the tribe that would allow a casino.
US FL: PUB LTE: Maine's Pot Program
Tampa Tribune, 21 Feb 2015 - The fight will soon begin in Tallahassee to write legislation to make medical pot available to Floridians who need it. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Seven states know what works because they have been living with medical marijuana laws since 2000. Maine is one. Maine gets high marks from Americans for Safe Access, the national organization for medical marijuana. Maine's law provides provisions for adding new diseases/conditions, child custody protections, employment and other protections, and restrictions on where patients may medicate, among other rules. Maine also allows personal cultivation, the feature most responsible for the rapid collapse of the street market and its violence. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote approvingly in 1929 of resolving contentious social issues in "the laboratory of the states." Brandeis was writing about alcohol prohibition. Now it is about marijuana prohibition. Let us heed his advice.
US FL: Hearing Planned On Medical Pot Rule
Sun-Sentinel, 20 Feb 2015 - TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Health will hold another hearing to clear up confusion about a proposed medical-marijuana rule published after a marathon meeting earlier this month. The department's Office of Compassionate Use released the latest proposal after a hand-picked panel spent 25 hours over two days hashing out the plan during a workshop on Feb. 4 and 5.