US FL: 'Charlotte's Web' Rewrite
Sun-Sentinel, 14 Dec 2014 - Medical-Marijuana Rules May Change Florida's rules for companies to grow and sell medical marijuana to patients with severe epilepsy and other debilitating conditions could be out as soon as Monday.
US FL: OPED: Staving Off A Slacker Generation
Sun-Sentinel, 04 Dec 2014 - With the legalization of marijuana by District of Columbia voters last month, the fun begins for some, and pitfalls begin for others. As the kinks are worked out before the distribution and sales arrangements are unveiled, we can look at what we have gotten ourselves into. The legalization of pot takes marijuana out of the shadows, removing it from the black-market economy that fosters further criminal activity. It could potentially allow the government to monitor its use and sales and to tax these sales. It eliminates a whole category of criminal trials and incarcerations.
US FL: When Homes Go To Pot
Orlando Sentinel, 24 Nov 2014 - 700-Plus Marijuana Grow Houses Found in Area Since 2010 When new residents moved into the Los Alamitos Court cul-de-sac where Roger Concepcion lives, they put up a tall white fence around the property.
US FL: PUB LTE: Stop Criminalizing Marijuana Use, Tax It
Orlando Sentinel, 22 Nov 2014 - Regarding Bill Lane's Sunday My Word, "Why treat pot differently than alcohol?": Marijuana prohibition is indefensible. As evidenced by the narrow defeat of medical marijuana in this past Florida election, the days when politicians can get away with confusing the drug war's tremendous collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant are coming to an end.
US FL: Column: Marijuana Vote Not The Defeat Some Claim
The Ledger, 19 Nov 2014 - One big story to come out of the recent elections was the medical marijuana effort failing to reach the 60 percent needed for passage. To hear the pundits, opponents and media tell it, the defeat was devastating for an effort that looked certain to pass early on.
US FL: PUB LTE: Humane Alternative
The Gainesville Sun, 18 Nov 2014 - It is disheartening that Florida's medical marijuana proposal, Amendment 2, was defeated. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell and other law enforcement officials around the state resorted to half-truths and scare tactics to dissuade voters. Those with debilitating medical conditions could have been aided by the amendment. For now, they will have to continue relying upon prescription drugs that often make them even sicker, or risk arrest and prosecution if they choose to use cannabis to treat their symptoms.
US FL: PUB LTE: Well-Written Medical Pot Law Would Be Non-Issue
Florida Today, 17 Nov 2014 - With the election over, it appears incoming Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, may play a key role in the 2016 presidential election. Florida, which is tied with New York for third place in Electoral College votes behind California and Texas, will be pivotal. It is the largest swing state in the nation. As Florida goes, so goes the nation.
US FL: OPED: Why Treat Pot Differently Than Alcohol?
Orlando Sentinel, 16 Nov 2014 - Somehow the voting public confused medical marijuana with Disney tickets. That's right; many said, "No thanks," and "We have enough dopes already," and "The laws are best left as they are." At Disney, if you have no ticket, you don't get into the parks because there are boundaries that cannot be crossed. But the laws banning marijuana have no enforceable boundaries capable of stopping it from getting into our schools, our neighborhoods or even our homes. Marijuana is not a "yes" or "no" proposition, as prohibition has proved that regardless of the effort we make and the wars we fight, the demand for marijuana remains constant, and so does the supply.
US FL: Manatee's Sheriff Says Medical Marijuana Issue Isn't Going
Bradenton Herald, 14 Nov 2014 - BRADENTON -- Though Amendment 2 failed to pass, which would have legalized medical marijuana, the issue is still not over in Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube's eyes. The county's top law enforcement officer spoke to a crowd of about 200 on Thursday evening for "Supper with the Sheriff" at Police Athletic League, 202 12th Ave. E., Bradenton.