Meet Me: I Am Patient Number 380206011

By Norm Kent, Esq., NORML Board of Directors
Today I am going to come out of the closet as a Bi-Coastal pot consumer. I lead two lives; one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast.
In Fort Lauderdale, I own a townhouse where I have resided for over a quarter of a century. In this community, I am a lawyer and a spokesman for NORML, very active in drug law reform. But I cannot practice what I preach. That would be illegal.
In California, however, I found a small town near Berkeley, east of San Francisco Bay, where I may retire. It is Walnut Creek, a hamlet, I understand, that has more open public spaces than any other village in America. There, I may eventually choose to grow my own pot. I am allowed to do so.
In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where I practice law, and get people out of trouble for growing pot, I have to defend people who do what I am entitled to do in California legally. You see, the rules are different here. Life can thus be a bit conflicted.
In early 2006, my Florida roommate, after learning he was HIV positive, decided to move back to his hometown of San Francisco. As a pot consumer, he realized he could now get a medicinal recommendation for marijuana and grow pot legally under California law. The Florida laws are not so kind or generous. Cultivation of any amount is a second degree felony.
We went to San Francisco together, to a community I have visited and loved since the early 1970’s, from my first spectacular drive up the Pacific Coast highway. We found and rented a small apartment in the Haight.
It has been thirteen years since California voters enacted Proposition 215, which allowed citizens to utilize marijuana for medical purposes if a person had a legitimate need. As a recovering cancer patient, I more than qualified for a medical marijuana recommendation.
I sought out a legitimate physician, not one running a medical marijuana mill. I came with a full set of medical records tracking my unenviable medical past, including recent spinal surgery. The doctor thoughtfully reviewed with me the medical risks associated with the use of cannabis. Not that I did not have a little experience. I mean, I am 60 years old this year. My friends’ kids go to Bonnaroo. I lived through Woodstock.
After the screening, my physician then appropriately certified me as an individual who could benefit from the medical use of cannabis. Just like that, I became patient number 380206011. I then proceeded to a medical dispensary, proudly armed with a State of California Medical Marijuana Identification Card.
As a California patient, I am empowered to acquire cannabis lawfully at medical dispensaries. Under the California Health and Safety Code, I am also entitled to grow up to six plants of my own in my little apartment on the bay. I do not have to hide them from the authorities.
I joined the Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative, and was issued a Growers Certificate. It affirms that any herbs I cultivate at home would be grown for my personal medical use. I was now at liberty to grow my own medicine. It is still called pot in Florida. We call it medicine in California.
Today, therefore, the same medicine I can consume lawfully in California I have to prevent people from going to jail for in Florida. It makes no sense. Fourteen states and scores of communities across our country have either decriminalized or ‘medicalized’ marijuana. It is not good enough. Americans still face one very large federal stumbling block.
A state may pass its own laws, but so too may the federal government pass laws which preempt those state laws. In the case of marijuana, that is what Washington has done. Our federal government claims marijuana is not medicine. As such, it criminalizes all marijuana possession, use, or cultivation, regardless of what the states do.
At first, patients were lucky. In 2003, the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government had no right to arrest or prosecute medical marijuana patients- as long as what they possessed was for personal use. The United States Supreme Court reversed that ruling in 2005. Thus, as we sit here today, in 2009, federal law enforcement officials can prosecute medical marijuana patients, even if state authorities will not; even if they reside in a state where medical marijuana use is protected by state law.
Under our Constitution, the police power of the state is to be exercised by the state. California authorities are not disobeying federal laws by not enforcing them. They are not legally obligated to do so. Nor is Florida obligated to follow California laws. Just because you have a medical right to possess cannabis in California does not give you a legal right to grow or possess it in Florida. Though some clients of mine have tried, you can’t get stopped for smoking in Miami Beach and pull out a medical marijuana card from Santa Monica. It won’t fly. Tell it to your bondsman.
Welcome then to my conflicted life. I am permitted to grow my own medicine lawfully in my California apartment. If I were to do that in Florida, police could raid my house and the Florida Bar could seize my card. Instead of representing a grower, I would need a lawyer to represent me. Florida would not care that I am patient number 380206011 in California. What is wrong with that picture?
The cannabis I purchase in a dispensary in Berkeley I can carry in my car and consume in my living room. If I am flying back to Florida though, I cannot carry it with me. That would be a federal crime. But if I am relaxing at an airport bar in either San Francisco or Fort Lauderdale, I can order and consume Crown Royal and Coke. What I can’t get on both coasts is justice. That is far more elusive, and does not come in a bottle.
One national reform group has spent 40 years trying to stem the tide of repression and advance the rights of marijuana consumers. They say it is normal to smoke pot. Their name is NORML, the National Organization to Reform the Marijuana Laws. If there was ever a time to be part of their effort, it is now, as the new administration in Washington has said they are going to put an end to the drug war madness. They have said they will end the raids on medical dispensaries.
We need to see that deed and action follows words and promises.
We need to send a message to our legislators that the silent majority of Americans support vast and overriding changes to repressive drug laws which have incarcerated too many for too long. Join NORML in that effort.
We need to show that moral authority is on our side. Spread the word and you will spread the seed.
First published at http://kentvent.blogspot.com/

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  1. Thank you for what you do. We have a long way to go, and a big battle ahead in Florida. Although we probably have at least a 60% acceptance for Medical Cannabis use, when we will see it on the ballot is far from clear.

  2. I can relate. My story is very similar to Norm’s. I too must travel to California for my medication. I live on the southwest coast of Florida and travel to California for my medicine. My doctors in Fl. are all aware of my medicine from Cali. I am lucky to work in a state that doesn’t prossecute patients for consuming a product that hasn’t been processed, mixed, and packaged under a pharmaceuticle companys label. Under Cali’s law I am allowed to grow up to 6 plants for medicine. Those same 6 plants in Florida, would be a one way trip to the pockey. With 14 states allowing medical cannabis, how long must we wait until the rest of the country catches up? Is the pharmacy lobby that strong in congress? I guess time will tell…
    Keep The Faith!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. yet , these same beer Companies are spending millions to try and make you believe through deceptive advertising that marijuana is bad , addictive and is a gateway drug to harder drugs but , it is their drug that does this , not marijuana . Alcohol & prescription drugs leads to death & may even cause you to kill others . It can also lead to permanant physical disabilities . Marijuana leaves no one dead or physically disabled .

  4. Thank God for people like NORML,MPP and L.E.A.P.
    This morning on the news they was talking about the Stem reseach bill that Obama had over-turned from the Bush era. Our Congress lady Mary Fallin of Oklahoma said she was against what Obama was doing.. hmmmmmm Funny, I write her all the time about Marijuana reform and guesswhat, she’s against that too. Is it all about what Mary Fallin’s for, or is it about what the Oklahoma tax payers and voters, and what they are for. Peop[le put her in office and us the people need to make sure she gets taken out of office. I’m sick of living by what MARY FALLIN is for, I’m ready to live for what the people of Oklahoma are for. Mary Fallin, we voted for you. Can we have a little say in whats right and wrong. See you at the POLLS and you will NOT get my vote, not this time.

  5. As a NORML member, I recruit new members one by one, person to person. All I do is lead them to the NORML web site and offer my assistance as their personal consultant. Saving the Community is a little easier to understand than comprehending the big national scheme of things, which is NORML’s primary function.
    I could mass communicate for recruiting purposes but the personal attention is lost in the high amount of contacts made each week and that gets expensive and time is short for the working class NORML member. Turning on people to NORML is all it takes to win. Stay the course and thanks NORML for being there for all of us over many frustrating years.

  6. I’m starting to believe we truly live in a crazy country, but then I’m a 64 yr.old pot smoker …..maybe it’s me.

  7. WAY TO GO KENT!!! There is support for “sanity” in this backwards state of Florida. THANKS for speaking out!!!

  8. Guys, listen up…
    If each and every one of us donated just $25 to NORML today, they would have enough money to put towards getting these commercials that have been created onto national television for everyone to see, as well as help support new legislation for the legalization of cannabis. All it takes is one donation right now.
    Please donate. There’s no better time than now.

  9. YES!!!!! My family & I took this a bit further….. we sold everything we owned in Florida and took our 2 week “trip of a lifetime” driving all the way to Oregon to treat MS with medicinal marijuana and haven’t looked back yet! The green cool, mountains and open minds are a lot nicer than sand, humidity and narrow minds!!!!! It is a different world out here! We should all be this free!

  10. Thanks Kent!
    Very inspiring, being that florida is a state with one of the largest Jewish populations, one would think we would have given up Nazism and fascist ideologies in which it is acceptable to huddle and lock away people who love a peaceful plant and wish to use it as nature intended! It is somewhat ironic but sad at the same time. Persecution, intolerance, misunderstanding, is the seed of all evil and needs to be stopped. . We can always hope to be free some day. Thats the idea! Please donate to norml if you can. !!! Not everyone can but if you can please do so!

  11. The state of Florida is owned by the special interests and the lobbyists.
    The politricksters will make every excuse for not decriminalizing cannabis or medical cannabis.
    Using every conceivable excuse to pass,support,and justify such draconian measures as HB173,
    The Harry Anslingers of this generation,
    Bill McCollum and Charlie Crist will always come up with new propaganda to spread fear and hate among the gray hairs who are very easy to scare and deceive to protect those special interests. (alcohol,tobacco,pharmaceutical,drug free org’s)
    The problem is not only the state of Florida but the federal government not having a uniform code concerning cannabis. This is the heart of the problem, when the government has an absolute stranglehold on cannabis from patents to biological controls are in place then forcing the product they produce on the consumer the status quo will remain and those who use cannabis in Florida until then will remain outlaws.
    I am an one of those outlaws and arrest is my badge of honor.
    A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
    Tacitus

  12. I’m a 70 year old male medical marijuana user in a state that prohibits it’s use. I don’t feel like a criminal…as I don’t have any criminal thoughts. But the old “Fear and loathing” can be felt in my small town america. Without the aid of compassionate growers in my area, I would have to leave and move to a legalized state. I work behind the scenes to educate our legislators, but it is slow going. Our state is about to become land-locked by legalized states. Way to go boys! I guess that I may have to become a bi-stater to survivie. Good luck Normal!

  13. I for one will no longer tolerate living in a state as shitty as Fla. Nothing but a bunch of old hypocrties. Although I hope Fla. Changes, for the sake of family and friends who won’t leave, I see the FEDS decriminalizing before that happens. So here’s my idea, if your moving out of state, now, later or in the resesnt past. Send the Gov. A letter telling him why you left. Maybe if they see enough letters that they are losing residents due to harsh cannabis laws it will make them take a look at change. LOL What a f*ckin joke, I haven’t smoked anything good enough to really hope for any kind of change. The only real way FL will change, all the blue hair show up at the capital, in wheelchairs,walkers and fire up on the front steps….

  14. As you have so well stated this is our delima. How great this country could be without greed and the control corporations have over our lives…I am looking at property in California if the legalization bill passes. I am moving to finally end the 40 years of living in fear of our protectors…
    Cherokee Fred Hussein Jesus

  15. just wish we did not have to call something we enjoy doing “medicine” in the future this medicine is going to be so fucking out out pockets reach, that you wished you never called it medicine. water help’s joint pain and headaches. but we don’t call it medicine. look at how many things help the body that we don’t call medicine.
    exercise help the body relies the proper amount of chemicals to fix anxiety issues. but you rather sit in on your ass and smoke your problems away…
    well you know what i smoke weed to. it’s fun it feels good, it’s more socially acceptable on the job and around the house. alcohol will get you fired busted in a heap of shit if you take it outside your home. so for 15 years i been smoking pot and feel great. not my medicine. just my personal past-time thing to do….

  16. This was a great post! Way to rally the troops on this one.
    Also, I would like to say to everyone reading this: Let your voice be heard. Advocate for NORML and Pro Marijuana Reform. Let your voice be heard, and the Facts be known. Remember, we have freedom of speech on our side!

  17. WHO cares?? Recreation or medication. Weed helps out in both of those areas. LEGALIZE!! And let’s end this madness of false fear against a plant that bears no natural fruits of animosity(unlike booze) what so ever. Why not? I mean, c’mon. Everybody knows the healing powers of Cannabis.

  18. I know that when you talk about legalizing you are not speaking about allowing children to smoke. Unfortunatly they do and because it is illegal any child caught automatically gets it stuck to them pretty good. Its not like getting busted smoking a cigerette!
    My son smoked a joint off school campus, he is 15. He then went to class. The child that supplied it also brought alcohol to school and was drunk. He was the first to be tagged and brought into the office. He told the Vice Principle that he and 2 other students were with him. My son was in class reading when he was pulled out. Once all the boys admitted to what they had done they were handed a punishment of 92 day suspension. There is only 60 days left which means the other 30+ days goes into the following year!!!
    The child that brought it and had alcohol in his possesion I understand the consequence, he recieved the full 92 days. My son can be a handful as he is ADHD but hes not a bad kid. The other student also a good kid. I got the VP to take down the punishment but it was only dropped to 60 days. In the meantime they have to go to the alternative school which houses all the bad seeds who cna’t make it in regualr school.
    Is it just me or is that a harsh punishment for a first offence? Is it just me or does this punishment seem unfair? My child should have a consequence. But I don’t think the consequence should greatly impact his education.
    I have filed an appeal and have a hearing in 2 weeks. For a plant that is so readily available and so easily grown, I find it completely ignorant that we expect its not going to be around. If marijuana was legal, he would still be in trouble but not for anything more than smoking a cigerette..its still illegal for him to HAVE but it wouldnt be considered an illegal substance and his punishment would not be so servere.
    I am concerned this major change in his education will cause him to fail and he will have to repeat the 8th grade. Over something he did OFF campus.
    What do you think and do you have any advice on how to handle the appeal???
    Thank you!

  19. I WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO GET ITS NOSE OUT FROM WHERE IT DOES NOT BELONG. IF SOME PEOPLE DON’T LIKE CANNABIS, THEN DON’T USE IT. THAT’LL LEAVE MORE FOR FOLKS THAT DO. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH SOME PEOPLE ANYWAY? THEY CAN’T EVEN RUN THEIR OWN LIVES WORTH A DAMN, AND THEY WANT TO RUN MINE TOO?1?. I DON’T TRY AND RUN THEIR LIVES. I DESERVE AT LEAST AS MUCH RESPECT FROM THEM IN KIND. I JUST WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE TO LIVE MY LIFE, WITHOUT VIOLATING THE RIGHTFUL LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS OF OTHERS, AS MY GOD DEMANDS.

  20. I read this story yesterday and even went to Kent’s site. How wonderful for you Kent and yes I’m happy that people are finding ways around this injustice.
    At the same time it breaks my heart that there are those who cannot do what you have done.

  21. Until all those E-mails, letters to the Editor and “web-site votes” start translating into REAL VOTES, I’m afraid were just spinning our wheels. #6. smile – Put all your energies into this Mary Fallin’s defeat in the next election. REMEMBER CONGRESS WRITES THE LAWS, NOT THE PRESIDENT. Support for the drug war is a bi-partisan issue because the prohibitionists will not vote for someone soft on drugs, Pot smokers on the other hand will readily vote for a drug warrior based on agreement on other issues. If you “like” your congressperson on every issue except their marijuana policy, you can still like them. Just don’t vote for them. If you want to write them don’t waist their time with the same tired old arguments you see on this page every day, they’ve heard it all before. Get their attention.. I’m not voting for you and I intend to convince at least 2 other of your supporters to NOT vote for you as well. Every 10 years or so the opportunity for meaningful marijuana reform comes along and every single time we piss it away. No one ever changed anything in this country with logic, when the votes change the law changes.

  22. I’m 59 and have smoked cannabis, now medicine for back pain, since I was 18 and in, of all places, High School in Singapore.
    Living in California, a native, makes life much healthier and roebust since medicine is legally available. It’s time to end the Richard Nixon bogus War on Cannabis . End this terrible Nixon legacy. Cannabis is truly a beneficial plant that was initially hijacked by Harry Asslinger in 1937. It probably holds the cure for cancer.

  23. I truly appreciate this posting as a demonstration of the scary situation the American people have allowed.
    The only note of caution is the idea that “this administration” will end any madness. Joe Bidden is one of the craziest zealots around and has sponsored more bills for criminalizing drug use than most people are aware of.
    Good ole Joe is not interested in anything but the status quo when it comes to continuing the War on (some) Drugs and the American people.
    Its business as usual in Washington from what I can see. Today BO even backpedaled on earmarks. Do you really think he’s going to push on this unless something radical happens with Mexico spilling over the border???
    While the effort to get things happening at a state level will probably have more success than ever before, dont expect Washington to start walking on water or you’ll find your expectations “all wet.”
    — “Still confused as to why they broke down my door for a server farm screaming “Where’s the drugs!” … Gotta love these no-knockers who are protecting “our children.”

  24. IF THE UNITED STATES LEGALIZES CANNABIS- THE WORLD WOOULD BE A BETTER PLACE-AMERICA WOULD SET AN EXAMPLE- AMERICA IS BEAUTIFUL- I LOVE MY COUNTRY-GOD BLESS AMERICA AND EVERYBODY AROUND THE WORLD!!!!!LETS MAKE CANNIBIS LEGAL OBAMA

  25. TOBACCO IS LEGAL- AND CANNIBIS SHOUL TO- ALCOHOL IS LEGAL- SO CANNIBIS SHOULD TOO- AMERICA LETS MAKE CANNIBIS LEGAL- EVERYBODY WOULD BEENIFIT- WE CAN MAKE CLOTHING- FOOD- BEAUTY PRODUCTS- DIFFERENT TYPES OF THINGS- IT WOULD REALLY HELP OUR ECONOMY-AS WELL AS MANY OTHER COUNTRYS TOO- THE WORLD WOULD BENNIFET- THE PEOPLE- THE MARKETS- THE GOVERMENTS TOO- AND MR OBAMA YOU ARE A GOOD PESIDENT- IM GLAD YOUR ARE PRESIDENT- YOU ARE A SMART MAN- AND GOD WILL BLESS YOU FOR THAT- LETS MAKE CANNIBIS LEGAL AMERICA!!!!

  26. CONGRESS PLEASE MAKE THE RIGHT DECISSION ON CANNIBIS-AMERICA IS A GREAT COUNTRY- MAKE IT GREATER- LETS MAKE CANNIBIS LEGAL-

  27. I’ve lived in Florida for almost 40 years, and have been astonished at their harsh laws against marijuana users.
    Please, can you help Floridians to get the change they’ve requested in marijuana laws? I’ve written to my congressional representatives several times, and they consistently ignore me.

  28. Marie, I am so sorry about what happened to your son. If parents only knew that the true way to “Save our Children” is to legalize and regulate cannabis like alcohol and tobacco; and if they all made their views known to their elected representative, then the laws would be changed, and your son would not have been given a 92 day suspension (unless they do that for smoking tobacco as well). Luckily, he was not given a jail sentence.
    Are there other parents in the same issue you could network with? This fight is bigger than you and your son. It is a big as all the children in this country. I will also look for other parent groups that are taking this on, and when I find them, I will revisit this post, and put links to them in my comments. Meanwhile, try to link up with some local drug policy reform group, who may also be able to help.

  29. I would like to know “WHY” nothing is being done to help the sick and people in PAIN in Florida..?????
    I have a Morphine pump inside me going on 12+ years and I take a lot of Pain Meds and I am still in pain.
    I have Lupus,and RA …etc….(Chronic Pain)….
    Till apx 9 months ago My pain Doctors started giving me DRUG piss tests.I had to STOP smoking my medicine because I was told by my Pain Doctors that they will take my Pump away and also my pain Meds..If I DO NOT STOP SMOKING Marijuana Because
    “IT IS THE LAW… NOT TO SMOKE Marijuana IN FLORIDA”
    Now that I have stop smoking my Medicine I am in more Pain then ever before and I`m in bed 24/7 I feel like I am being TORTURED.
    I am “A US Disabled Veteran” that gets NO help from the VA.
    IS THIS WHAT I GET FOR GIVING 4 YEARS OF MY LIFE FOR MY LOVE OF AMERICA.???
    I have called everyone and from what I was told is that FLORIDA Is going to be the LAST State to have
    MEDICAL Marijuana FOR THE SICK AND DIEING IN AMERICA.
    I was told that NOT enough people want to do anything to HELP Make Medical Marijuana Legal in FLORIDA.
    I am on a very small fixed income and I can not afford to move out of Florida.
    I guess NOW that i found out that people in Florida are all talk and do NOT want to fight for the RIGHT to have Florida Pass a law like California and the other states to make it a law for the people in PAIN to be able to pass a law in Florida to make it legal for MEDICAL Marijuana…I guess I am going to have to move.
    FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT TALK ABOUT IT IN FLORIDA
    DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT OR STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.

  30. I also suffer from chronic pain and just been diagnosed with glaucoma to boot. The chronic pain is service connected.I have the whole percentage of an Hundred Percent. Medicines that help pain on the pharmaceutical side, rather than the natural type, should be made available at “No Cost” to said Fully Covered Veteran. I Pay “out of pocket”, for a Pharmaceutical, PILLS, that aren’t on the Veterans Administrations list of medications, intented for patients with chronic pain. I have very bad side effects with morphine and now I must pay too much for present meds. Knowing first-hand that Marijuana works as I wouldn’t of been as happy as I were when I stayed in Rotterdam, Holland, for three months. What is known as the Violent area of Holland, by U.S. Measures,I had braved. I even didn’t lock up my bike at night and nobody ever dared come into yard and steal. I was surprized at how civilized they were when it came to the basic treatment of Humans. Even though Homeland Security wouldn’t send my meds over on an extended vacation that I had decided to stay two more months. Holland had found the Compassion to fill my narcotic prescriptions for my chronic condition. I believe that doesn’t happen all the time. We could learn from such actions as this isn’t the action of a Country that treats us American Expats as well as they do especially when they Know what we are actually there FOR….. YOU KNOW? They are losing rights over there now simply because people won’t stand up for the right any other places. Yeah Sure, They sure will use it but when it comes to sacfricing for something they believe in, you can hear the crickets. The whole world are waiting for us to climb aboard as it is my understanding that the United States of America are the only country that harbors harsh and severe punishments for the use of Marijuana.Just say YES! I am quitting cigarettes which are costing me over two hundred dollars instead of going Cold Turkey. I don’t need anything to quit Marijuana. I will never understand how one toxic subject can be legalized while one with less toxicity gets the whole blame. Poor Marijuana Plant : ( Why we push pharmaceuticals over this means is beyond me but I have heard that pills make more money. IT destroy more lifes that Marijuana ever will. But it comes down to greed and the inability to make correct policies regarding Marijuana and the many contributions it makes.Think Green

  31. I am someone who has and suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. When I was diagnosed I had been living in San Francisco, CA for over 13 years. This was also the time when rent prices increased due to an overflow of “dot commers”. My boyfriend & I lived in back of a retail store that we rented. Our rent was tripled being a commercial space. To make a long story shorter, we decided to move to NJ, where I am originally from. Thankfully my family graciously helped us, since they could. Saved from pushing a shopping cart, we were relieved. However, I so miss SF where I had been able to buy my marijuana/medicine very easily. SF has had a long history of taking care of it’s AID’s patients with a caring medical marijuana community that I was also able to benefit from. I knew friends that were registered legal medical marijuana patients with cards. I felt it unnecessary to join a cannibis club, but happy for the option. Now, here I am, in the land of pharmacuetical companies. Lately I have found it difficult to even find a supply. All that I can do is vote and hope that NJ becomes the next state to pass the compassionate medical cannibis act. I would risk growing, but we have building inspectors that snoop around occasionally making me feel that legal paperwork would be worthwhile to have in this case. The spasticity or muscle stiffness in my legs is so much helped by marijuana that it helps me to walk easier. Usually I’m forced to walk around like Frankenstein. I am not big, but I am green.

  32. Marijuana Saved My Life 10 Years Ago I Developed Crohns Disease And With The Swollen Stomach Abdomen Feeling I Had I Did Not Experience The Feeling Of Hunger Anymore ,In 3 Short Months I Went From 190 To 150 Pounds, I Am 6’3″ I Was Dying The Doctors Had No Medicine That Stimulates Hunger Except For The THC Pills Which In Virginia They Told Me Straight Up That They Could Get In Trouble For Prescribing It,The DEA Was Keeping Strict Tabs On Narcotics ,Which The DEA Classifies Marijuana So I Took Matters In My Own Hands And Saved My Own Life. I Scored Some Sensie For About A Year Put All My Weight Back On. I Still Smoke It Occasionally Still Since I Can’t Drink Alcohol ,Anyway I Don’t Like Alcohol And The Stupidness Of Drunkeness!
    I Think Medical Marijuana Is A Needed Choice For The American People To Embrace. Maybe Congress Will Criminalize Alcohol Again! I Just Don’t Get It Smoke A Joint With Some Friends And Chill With Them All Night,Or Drink Alcohol Drive Posibly Kill Someone In A Drunken Rage ,Have No Control Over Your Reflexes. You Might As Well Shoot Some Heroin And Nod Off.

  33. I live in Walnut Creek and I know a handfull of patients who grow and have not encountered any problems with the authorities. However some of the freshest most potent buds are right over the hill with great clubs in oakland and berkely. BTW the open areas are wonderfull I spend a large amount of time in the areas maybe Ill see you puffin some herb on the trails one day. Take it easy

  34. does anyone no or heard of a endocarditis from smoking cannibis my doctor said it could be from cannibis theres no way to tell what its from every situation ive read about its from bacteria and i was in the hospital with multiple open wounds well legalize our medicine or at least decriminalize it norml kicks ass peace an love later

  35. I live in Alaska and although medical marijuana is legal I still cannot smoke it even though I hold a medical card, because I am on a pain maintenance program (AA Pain Clinic Anchorage, Ak.) which they take ua’s a couple times a year. If my test show marijuana then they cut off my pain meds which would probably literally kill me. I have been on methadone for 7-8 years because of knee, back, and neck problems just for a start, and marijuana would greatly help with my problems that are associated with taking the pain meds, nausea, not sleeping, and the pain itself, not to mention glaucoma, I could go on and on but because of the federal crap my pain doctors won’t allow it. However its ok if I go to the bar and drink what kind of crap is this, fortunately I don’t drink, or I probably would be dead. Changes need to be made and soon.

  36. Florida Voters Favor Legal Access To Medical Marijuana By Nearly 2-1 Margin
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    September 25, 1997 – Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
    Nearly two of every three Florida voters favor allowing licensed physicians to prescribe marijuana for medical reasons, according to the results of a Florida Voter poll released on September 22.
    Toni Leeman, Director of the Florida-based Coalition Advocating Medical Marijuana (CAMM) as well as Floridians for Medical Rights, said the results are consistent with other surveys demonstrating overwhelming support for permitting seriously ill patients to use marijuana under a doctor’s supervision. “Considering that we still are in the process of educating people [about marijuana’s medicinal utility,] I think those are good numbers and I think it points to success.” Leeman’s group is presently collecting signatures in each of the state’s 67 counties to place a medical marijuana initiative on the 1998 ballot.
    Sixty-three percent of respondents said they would approve an amendment to the Florida Constitution legalizing marijuana for medicinal uses, the Fort Lauderdale-based survey said. Only about one in four, or 28 percent, said they opposed such use. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.
    “I’m confident that we’ll be able to get the signatures because there has already been so much interest in this,” Leeman said.
    For more information, please contact Toni Leeman of CAMM at (305) 576-2337 or Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation at (202) 483-8751.
    updated: Sep 25, 1997

  37. So, I assume then that Mr. Kent is a resident of California that happens to practice law in Florida?
    If only Florida residents (patients) could merely travel to a MMJ state to receive their card, then be referred to a caregiver to acquire a couple ounces of medical grade MJ to ship back to their Florida residence – like visiting the Mayo Clinic for a condition.

  38. drunk drivers kill thousands a year how many stoners kill a year you do the math. yet we all no which is leagal.
    thats all i got to say about that

  39. People United for Medical Marijuana – Florida
    The Plan….
    There are over 1.7 million seriously ill people in Florida. They have the right to safe, affordable, and effective medication. The goal of this committee is to get medical marijuana legal in the state of Florida. We are collecting signatures on a petition to support a constitutional amendment that gives patients the right to grow, obtain, purchase and possess medical marijuana under a doctor’s supervision.
    We need valid signatures from over 700,000 registered voters and donations exceeding $5 million. The deadline for the 2010 election ballot is February 1, 2010. We are encouraging a letter writing campaign to prompt the legislators to pass a bill giving Floridians these rights in 2009. The signatures we are collecting now are valid for four years. In the event we do not make the 2010 ballot, we will continue collecting signatures to appear on the 2012 ballot.
    medication. The goal of this committee is to get medical marijuana legal in the state of Florida. We are collecting signatures on a petition to support a constitutional amendment that gives patients the right to grow, obtain, purchase and possess medical marijuana under a doctor’s supervision.
    We need valid signatures from over 700,000 registered voters and donations exceeding $5 million. The deadline for the 2010 election ballot is February 1, 2010. We are encouraging a letter writing campaign to prompt the legislators to pass a bill giving Floridians these rights in 2009. The signatures we are collecting now are valid for four years. In the event we do not make the 2010 ballot, we will continue collecting signatures to appear on the 2012 ballot.
    everyone in Florida go to…..
    http://www.pufmm.org/action.php
    Life is way to short to live in pain…
    Lets stop talking about it and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT…….

  40. i wrote about me having such bad pain with fibo. and i don’t know how to go about asking my doctor about canibus. they have just now made it avalable.
    how do i start. all i get is percocet and soma.
    kathy kent

  41. Pat ?C Thanks so much for creating such a great website, it??s a great resource and thanks for allowing so many great guest bloggers on here! The content value added is phenomenal!Kim ?C This is a truly brilliant blog! Really, really helpful and one I??ve definitely got saved to go back to again and again!

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