Marijuana Prohibition Is Alive And Well in Florida

Despite this amazing era of increased cannabis awareness and acceptability in America, there are still strong pockets of political resistance. One of the most important states that needs to exit the era of Reefer Madness post haste is the political bellwether Florida. Of America’s political behemoths–CA, IL, OH, TX, PA and NY–Florida is the state that has least embraced cannabis law reforms, defers way too much to law enforcement’s self-interests and it’s political leadership–Democrat and Republican–are lockstep prohibitionists.

To reform cannabis laws in America means reforming the laws in a politically important and diverse state like Florida.

However, when concerned citizens in Florida, like South Florida NORML’s Karen Goldstein, contact her elected officials like Governor Crist seeking parity with about one-third of the United States’ citizens who currently reside in states that have either decriminalized cannabis, or have ‘medicalized’ it, they instead receive disingenuous Reefer Madness-soaked replies from unelected, self-interested prohibition apologists.

To wit…

April 16, 2010

Dear Mrs. Goldstein:

Governor Crist received your email and forwarded it to me for a response.  I am the Director of the Florida Office of Drug Control.  First, thank you for expressing your opinion to our Governor.

It is important to understand that our federal and state drug control policies have one overarching goal: to reduce and, if possible, eliminate the use of illicit drugs like marijuana.  Establishing a taxed and regulated legal market for adult marijuana users would not advance the goal of our drug policies.  First, legal access to marijuana would likely result in steep usage rate increases.  Our experience with alcohol and tobacco has taught us that commercial interests weaken sensible regulatory efforts.

A legal marijuana industry would employ promotion, advertising, and lobbying to increase demand while maintaining prices well below their current black market levels.  Stimulating demand while lowering prices would undoubtedly lead to both increases in the number of Americans that use marijuana as well as the intensity with which they use it.

I am very concerned about the health and wellbeing of Florida citizens.  The deaths caused each year by alcohol and tobacco represent a major cost to society that is in no way offset by the tax revenue generated by the sales of these substances.  Furthermore, I do not believe that the adverse consequences of marijuana use (respiratory diseases, traffic fatalities, poor school performance, dependence, etc.) could ever offset the potential tax revenue it might generate.

Any policy change that results in an increase in marijuana use, particularly among youth, is unacceptable.  Cannabis use has acute effects on attention and memory, something that constitutes a particular problem for adolescents still in school and perhaps contemplating a collegiate future. Furthermore, marijuana use impairs judgment and motor skills, posing a serious risk of automobile accidents.  It is also estimated that about 10% of marijuana users eventually become dependent on it.  By enforcing policies that suppress the use of addictive drugs like marijuana, we are affirming our ultimate respect for freedom and liberty by ensuring that fewer Americans get trapped into a life of addiction.

Finally, please be aware that federal and Florida laws prohibit “medical marijuana” because an expert review of the evidence conducted by the Institute of Medicine concluded that “Smoked marijuana…is a crude THC delivery system that also delivers harmful substances…[and] cannot be expected to provide a precisely defined drug effect.  For those reasons there is little future in smoked marijuana as a medically approved medication.”  Safer and scientifically proven drugs exist for all of the medical conditions that marijuana is erroneously thought to treat.

Again, thank you for your correspondence to Governor Crist.

Sincerely,
Bruce D. Grant
Director
Florida Office of Drug Control

247 thoughts

  1. Each of the more than 800,000 annual arrests for marijuana possession nationwide is based on the demonstrably false claim that cannabis and cannabinoids are lawfully listed in Schedule I, having “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision”.

    On October 7, 2003, the United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded patent #6630507* to the Department of Health and Human Services, acknowledging an accepted medical use in treatment for cannabinoids, and detailing a wide variety of safe, acceptable uses under medical supervision for which their “inventions” applied.

    Got reparations?

    * http://tinyurl.com/classactionlawsuit

  2. re; Any policy change that results in an increase in marijuana use, particularly among youth, is unacceptable.

    –but our current policy, that DOES result in an increase in marijuana use, particularly among youth, is completely acceptable.

    his head is so far up his ass, his hair is tickling the back of his throat.

    by (locking up kind, decent people) we are affirming our ultimate respect for freedom and liberty…

    someone should lock HIM up, to affirm our ultimate respect for freedom and liberty.

    if he is in jail, he will not be tempted by drugs, because we all know there are NO ILLEGAL DRUGS IN JAIL. HA !!

  3. a lot of illegal substances flow thru fla and too much moolah is being made at the top of the red-neck food chain.

    the laws are fake and the shuffling noises are made to distract.

  4. This BS from the same officails in florida who make it legal to show 1000s of dangerous pharma ads for drugs that DO KILL and have REAL LOUSY consequences.
    Have realized as a sick person in Florida, using MMJ.
    Its in my best interest to leave the state.

  5. i am from west virginia and i am sadly reporting that ALOT of people from my state make the trip to florida ONLY to get some doctor to give them prescription pills by the hundreds and getting pills is a very easy score. pills here are called hillbilly heroine. Drs. are passing out these killer pills like candy and THOSE DRS ARE KILLING MY FRIENDS!!! marijuana FOR FACT IS NOT killing my friends if anything cannbis saved my life. “the love of money is the root of all evil” says it right in the bible. thank you!!!

  6. I’m going to take a wild guess and say Ms. Goldstein probably addressed every one of those bogus points in her original letter (can’t be sure without seeing it, but the information is freely available) and Mr. Douche totally ignored all of it and sent a pre-printed DARE pamphlet in reply. Nobody could actually say that stuff with any knowledge of the actual argument for drug legalization, could they?

  7. “Furthermore, I do not believe that the adverse consequences of marijuana use (respiratory diseases, traffic fatalities, poor school performance, dependence, etc.) could ever offset the potential tax revenue it might generate.”

    Hey, he inadvertently said something I agree with. The adverse effects wouldn’t offset the potential tax revenue, as in the revenue would be greater.

  8. I am a Florida resident and have been busted for possession of about a dub of mids……
    yeah our drug laws suck and the cops…. well one time they harassed my friends and I while we were on the beach, claiming they saw shake of bud in my car and one pulled a gun on my friend; after asking if we had weapons, my friend replied “I have a pocket knife in my jacket pocket. would you like me to reach it out slow for you officer?”
    Not to mention our economy is one of the worst in the nation and i’m sure the oil spill will help us out with that. w00t.

  9. “Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”
    From Benito Mussolini
    “London Sunday Express,” December 8, 1935

    Keep up the lies you control freaks. Truth stands on its own, they have to keep appying lies to prop them up. Freedom mean freedom of choice, no amount of lies will ever convince me freedom means the loss of choice.

  10. This is ridiculous. I also take issue with the statement that Florida has embraced reforms less than Texas. Possession of under an ounce is still a Class B Misdemeanor here, punishable by a fine and up to 6 months of jail time (although first-time offenders often get probation, which I am currently on for 2 more weeks). We need to reform the whole country, and Texas and Florida are two huge, populous states that need to put the FREEDOM back in their CONSERVATIVE philosophies.

  11. SO typical, guess the upcoming elections scared the Gov. so bad he had to pass the blunt on to this clueless Oxygen Thief. He is either, uneducated on the subject matter, or is lying to protect his salary. Either way he needs to go. Gov.Crisp guess when you smoked, your opinion was your own not some appointee. Educate,Regulate, Legalize, & Tax
    Cannabis and Hemp are in our future keep on putting the word out, urge any supporters you know to contact their Reps, call Tallahasse and raise hell.

  12. i’m voting EVERYONE out of office. senate members, this bruce idiot, judges, etc.

    i feel sorry for my cousin who has replaced 20 deadly sets of pills with cannabis. he lives in one of the most oppressive states when it comes to cannabis laws. his only saving grace is a VERY good lawyer, something that the poor have no access to.

  13. if you want to know why maryjane is REALLY illegal follow the money trail-pay offs, bribes,kick backs, the cotton industry,the paper industry,the prison industry and billions of dollars in funding LOST !!! All so people can smoke a harmless herb! it would be insanity to legalize maryjane! the entire world economy would collapse! the unemployment rate amoung drug cartel and street gang employees alone would cause havoc! not to mention the loss in revenue to doctors and pharmaceutical corporations! law enforcement officials at every level would lose huge amounts of untaxable bribe dollars! hemp textiles would flood the market with cheap renewable sources for cloth paper and fiber board! we are talking insanity here people! how can you seriously contemplate such a totally whacked out concept as the legalization of maryjane?

  14. man, they will fucking hire anyone in the government… geez…

    how you could even compare a an extremely dangerous, highly addictive narcotic like alcohol to cannabis… what a fucking moron…

    guy, i hope you read this, cause you are a fucking MORON

  15. Respond in Kind

    Sent this morning:

    From: xxx@xxx.xxx
    Subject: Attention Governor Crist: Personal Letter Request
    Date: May 3, 2010 7:53:38 AM EDT
    To: Charlie.Crist@MyFlorida.com

    (snip)

    As the founder of perhaps the nation’s smallest advocacy group, I write to suggest that you publicly announce and initiate a review of cannabis ‘ legal status before signing the new “bong bill “.

    Each of the more than 800,000 annual arrests for marijuana possession nationwide is based on the demonstrably false claim that cannabis and cannabinoids are lawfully listed in Schedule I, having “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision”.

    Here’s the truth for those who can handle it:

    Marinol is a Schedule III synthetic chemical that works like THC, a psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. It is administered at 100 percent strength, that’s up to five times more powerful than the strongest pot strains on the black market and twice as strong as hashish. Generically named Dronabinol, warning labels specifically PERMIT driving and using machinery when users know how the medicine affects them.

    On October 7, 2003, the United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded patent #6630507* to the Department of Health and Human Services, acknowledging an accepted medical use in treatment for cannabinoids, and detailing a wide variety of safe , acceptable uses under medical supervision for which their “inventions” applied.

    My group is prepared to advertise the fact of your signature on the recently passed “bong ban ” to highlight these and other facts that are routinely suppressed in Florida marijuana possession cases. Note that perjury, the suppression of exculpatory evidence at trial and the disbursement of federal funds based on a false claim are all felony crimes.

    With respect, I request you personally answer this letter in writing for my records.

    Jose Melendez
    MOMP – Mutually Opposing Marijuana Prohibition

    * http://tinyurl.com/classactionlawsuit

    – – –

    Any attorneys care to comment?

  16. I live in Florida, became a 2008 marijuana arrest stat in Florida, and am currently smoking a bowl. I however am NOT getting a kick out of Bruce’s reply. Read’s like the DEA handbook for “dealing with hippies”.

  17. You are kidding me. Florida is in the woods and on the take, has to be…You lost my vote Governor Crist and respect to think your educated to do a good job and look out for our best interest. You took the chicken shit way out and had someone else post a reply to the American people and the residents of Florida. I have been smoking for 35 years and have beautiful kids and a wife, a home a dog and a cat. I work everyday and smoke every day. If I would start drinking I would loose everything I have due to the booze. I hate drinking it make me sick and ruins my next day of production. I want to have a choice and safer choice. Are you going to make a family have to move to another state and take our business with us? That is what you doing. Sad very sad… Looks like Co, or Mich is in the future for us to live…

  18. Yes Florida sucks. Let’s take all of these southern wackos and dump them into the oil-filled Gulf of Mexico and be done with it. This is just one of the recent
    unbelievable current events.

  19. This is precisely why I want to move out of this backwards state! How can the government truly turn a blind eye to all the positives that outweigh any BS negetives? For him to say there is no medical use for the drug, I want to know why then is marinol prescribed HEAVILY in the state? His reasoning is full of holes. It’s disturbing and makes the entire state look bad. Maybe, and hopefully, the 3rd party candidate for governor will have a better understanding of how important it is to regulate and tax the herb.

  20. Move out of Florida! Just say NO to bad marijuana laws! Boycott them, do not visit the state. Instead vacation in California. Buy California. Move to California.

  21. We should all write this idiot a letter thanking him for supporting laws that murder and destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans each year not to mention makes cannabis readily available for our children.

  22. Marijuana doesn”t kill people Marijuana prohibition does. Which side do you support ?

  23. I don’t think cannabis is the problem, i think Meth, crank, cocaine is the problem.Florida is not going to be run over my cannabis smokers if they are allowed to use cannabis.In fact ,in place that have legalized cannabis, the smoking rate went down for the younger kids and they did not all run out to smoke cannabis.

  24. The long and short of it is this individual has his head up his ass an’ his mind in neutral…

    I will toke n grow ’til my last drawn breath…

    Puff…Puff…

  25. I had a job offer in , Miami , Florida . Trip , free housing and accomodations all paid for so i went to Florida to start a new career . I disliked every minute of every day of all 3 months of being there .

    Jerry

    Santa Barbara , California

  26. regarding old f@rts like me:

    count me, my many acquaintances and friends FLOWER CHILDREN forever IN. millions of us waking up and sensing a wonderful future, then seeing our dreams destroyed as the fascists turned up the heat (assassinations and so forth). many of us are still here watching, kinda patiently waiting and helping when we can.

    fla people in their sixties know a lot about mj and have either toked plenty or some good brother did back when. med mj u bet.

  27. Floridan here and I do not use any kind drugs besides the occasionally cold medication and heart burn pills when needed. I do not believe we need more people here on more drugs. We already have problems with pain clinics on every other corner here. I understand that their are people that must have medication for what they are suffering. However, people are abusing these clinics.
    When you drive by you see a line of people that look and act like zombies. If the police can not regulate pain pills that kids and adults are getting addicted to there is no way they could regulate Marijuana from Children and healthy Floridians that would take Marijuana for no other reason but to get “high”.

    Marijuana slows down the reaction time of users also and is not as easy to detect as Alcohol for the Police in the field to determine if someone is driving under the influence.It is already a law that we must have auto Insurance in this state to drive. It is not cheap and the basic you need does not even cover yourself only the other driver and their insurance if they have it covers you.I already pay $700 a year for insurance that does nothing to pay for my vehicle repairs or my hospital bills and I do not want to have to pay more because we allow more people behind the wheel that are under the influence of marijuana.
    I am sorry that the people it might help that are sick can not have access to marijuana but until the police and Government can prove they could regulate it’s use to people that it might help we need to keep laws that detour the usage and carries the full weight of the law.
    What Florida needs is harsher laws on Marijuana and all other illegal drugs that clearly makes it not worth the practice of using it. This drug being smuggled through our State is a matter of our States security and we must focus on stopping all trafficking of it no matter of the amount is in a criminals possession.
    If we can stop criminals from purchasing and possessing it by long jail sentences or/and heavy fines than sellers would be forced to go elsewhere because we would have stopped the market and demand.
    If we could do this also on a Federal level including Cocaine we could bankrupt the cartels on our boarders as well bring safety and security to the states on the Boarder.
    States legalizing marijuana should be condemned and the politicians that allowed these laws to be created should be impeached from their Office they hold.

  28. NORML!!!!!! WE NEED HELP IN FL!!!!

    Thanks for recognizing that we have increasing penalties on Medical Marijuana and culture here. Our elections are coming up and we dont have even a descent candidate that is running to help Medical Marijuana.

    My wife was diagnosed with MS, My Uncle has cancer, my father in law has cancer, my brother has diabetes, my grandfather passed away from cancer, and I am sick of them being sold these pills that completely CHANGE THEM AND HAVE HORRIBLE SIDE EFFECTS!!!

    We all know what Medical Marijuana could do for them, but we need serious help here in FL. We have a grass roots campaign, but the media doesn’t even pay attention. On top of that, the FOX news channel makes smart ass comments at the evidence provided when people are trying to make a difference.

    WE NEED HELP!!!!

  29. Bruce.Grant@myflorida.com

    Tell him what you think. Courtesy please!! Inform him on his misinformation and cite everything with the most recent up to date data, nothing before 2001. Make sure he knows about the money that will come in(because that’s what drives the world) and the new jobs that will be created (because that shows they care about us).

  30. Also if you want our Government representatives to make a major push for harsher drug laws Attorney General Bill McCollum for Governor and Marco Rubio for the Senate have vowed to keep the fight on drugs a major issue and will help raise more funds to equip our Law Enforcement with the best technology to rid our streets of drugs and gang violence. The Liberal Dems that support criminals will be voted out this November with your hopes of legalizing this poison.

  31. i live in florida and i am a convicted drug felon. wich means i have no voice, someone please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. I wrote this in response when Karen sent me this, but I have not gotten a response

    Mr. Grant,

    I am writing to you regarding a recent response you sent to Karen Goldstein. I wanted to address a few points that you referred to in you letter. I know Karen because of the work I have been doing on Drug Policy reform over the past year and a half. Last summer I was given a scholarship to look into medical cannabis and drug policy as a whole. I flew out to many conferences, and met many doctors, lawyers, patients, and government officials. I really believe that at the end of the day both sides of this argument have the right goal in mind and that is to reduce the harms associated with many of the substances that are currently illegal, and especially to keep them out of the hands of children. Mr Grant I think we can all agree that we don’t want children using drugs, but I feel that I have a different approach that would be more effective than those that are currently being used. I cite a 2009 study from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University here which shows it is easier for kids to access marijuana than beer, wine, and liquor and even as easy as cigarettes. The study found that they found that 40 percent of teens could get marijuana within a day; another quarter said they could get it within an hour. These statistics are alarming and result because owners of bars and liquor stores have a reason not to sell to kids because then they will lose everything they have. By creating a moralistic law that while right in its intentions fails to reduce the harms associated with drug abuse. This is a matter that needs to not be treated as a criminal justice issue but as a public health issue. I don’t know how much more available we could actually make it to children than it already is. We would not be introducing a new substance to society; it is currently widely available and has been for years, we are trying to regulate it.

    I also hear statistics that it has the largest amount of our children in treatment and what an epidemic it is. But when you speak to the treatment centers and look at the statistics, “ 70 percent of all Americans enrolled in drug “treatment” for cannabis were ordered there by the criminal justice system. (BMC Public Health, 2007)

    By trying to prohibit these things we have created a black market, filled with violence and terrorists. The violence in Mexico has erupted and now they currently employ gangs in over 230 US cities. They have even been coming into Florida to take advantage our down housing market and buying up properties to grow in. And though we continue to send our agents every day to enforce these laws we have not been able to reduce the supply or availability especially to children. A UN study found that at least 75% of international drug shipments would need to be intercepted to substantially reduce the profitability of drug trafficking. Compare that with Florida’s statistics and realize that this is a problem that is not going away. The drug dealers have also found all types of ways to conceal themselves and their activities and it is too widespread to be eradicated. Drug use estimates have held basically unchanged over the past ten years but have been slightly rising recently. We are fighting a battle that cannot be won, and if you are honestly concerned about the health and well being of our citizens than we need to do something about the violence and crime that goes on when bad people are given control of these substances, and given no way to work out any differences through a judicial system, and they take the law into their own hands. There is so much crime and destruction that goes on. When we see our urban areas in Florida they are filled with crime and violence due to drugs and gangs and we need to stop funding these people and there other criminal operations such as human trafficking. So many government positions could be reallocated to actually improving our schools and communities.

    There is also a huge correlation between drug treatment and reducing demand for these substances. It is a simple supply and demand reality in which as long as a demand exists there will be a supply to satisfy that, especially with high profits existing, so we need to reduce demand, and in affect usage. If we help the users on the demand side we further reduce the demand, currently 64% of our drug budget is focused on the supply side. Most people who go through treatment are actually less likely to commit a crime afterwards, meaning it saves taxpayer’s money, whereas our flawed system continues to cost more and solve nothing.

    Now to the issue of driving under the influence. While I agree that marijuana use may cause some side affects that could impair driving, and am in no way advocating that people drive while under the influence, I believe it should be treated like any other medication. “Don’t drive or operate machinery” is listed on the sides of many over the counter and prescription medications. This should be the same way as cannabis. Also, studies have shown that driver’s who are under the influence of cannabis, tend to drive slower and follow further behind the cars in front of them, which is opposite of the wreck less risk taking behavior we see with alcohol.

    You also talked about marijuana’s risk of dependency, and while there is a less than 10% chance of becoming dependent on this substance, this is much lower than tobacco, alcohol, and even caffeine. Alcohol has double the percentage of people who become dependent, and nicotine is more addictive also according to the NIDA in 1994. It is also not a physical dependence as many of the more harmful drugs are and the affects of withdrawal are usually mild. It has even been used to treat people and get them off of their addictions. According to the IOM’s 267-page report, “fewer than 10 percent of those who try cannabis ever meet the clinical criteria for a diagnosis of “drug dependence” (based on DSM-III-R criteria). By contrast, investigators reported that 32 percent of tobacco users, 23 percent of heroin users, 17 percent of cocaine users, and 15 percent of alcohol users meet the criteria for drug dependence,” Would you suggest we revert to the failed prohibition of alcohol that we tried in the thirties? I think we need to look at our history to see what works and what doesn’t. Our jails cannot afford this type of law enforcement anymore either and the violent offenders being set free is disturbing.

    While the IOM report did state that “smoked” cannabis was a harsh delivery system, there are many other ways to use cannabis it can be vaporized, used topically, used as a tincture, or baked into food. The IOM report also addressed whether the use of medical marijuana would increase usage among the general public but found this is something that shouldn’t make a difference in their choice and found, “At this point there is no consistent data to support this concern…this issue is beyond the issues normally considered for medical uses of drugs, and should not be a factor in evaluating the therapeutic potential of marijuana or cannabinoids. The report later stated, “except with the harms associated with smoking, the adverse affects of marijuana usage are within the range of affects tolerated for other medications.” The DEA has blocked FDA approved studies from occurring in regards to vaporized or other alternative delivery methods as they will lose their funding if these go through as well as having the pharmaceutical lobbyists not wanting it either because they couldn’t patent this medicine either. We need more research and I intend to get more done, but until then we need to stop incarcerating our fellow citizens who are trying to follow their doctor’s orders, so that they can continue their lives. The American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine , National Association of Public Health Policy, American Cancer Society, British Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Kaiser Permanente, American Academy of Family Physicians, and many many other AIDS, MS, ALS, Cancer, and related disease societies all support allowing this medicine to be used. This is an issue between doctors and their patients, it is a public health issue, and not a criminal justice one.

    There have also been 3 court cases in Florida in which “medical necessity” defense has been passed because the science is there, and there is another one currently pending for a disabled man. Also the federal government supplies patients with this medicine as well.

    Thank you,

    Eric Stevens

  33. TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

    I am pleased to transmit the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, a blueprint for reducing illicit drug use and its harmful consequences in America. I am committed to restoring balance in our efforts to combat the drug problems that plague our communities. While I remain steadfast in my commitment to continuing our strong enforcement efforts, especially along the southwest border, I directed the Office of National Drug Control Policy to reengage in efforts to prevent drug use and addiction and to make treatment available for those who seek recovery. This new, balanced approach will expand efforts for the three critical ways that we can address the drug problem: prevention, treatment, and law enforcement.

    Drug use endangers the health and safety of every American, depletes financial and human resources, and
    deadens the spirit of many of our communities. Whether struggling with an addiction, worrying about a
    loved one’s substance abuse, or being a victim of drug-related crime, millions of people in this country live with the devastating impact of illicit drug use every day. This stark reality demands a new direction in drug policy: one based on common sense, sound science, and practical experience. That is why my new strategy includes efforts to educate young people who are the most at-risk about the dangers of substance abuse, allocates unprecedented funding for treatment efforts in federally qualified health centers, reinvigorates drug courts and other criminal justice innovations, and strengthens our enforcement efforts to rid our streets of the drug dealers who infect our communities.

    I am confident that if we take these needed steps, we will make our country stronger, our people healthier,
    and our streets safer. If we boost community-based prevention efforts, expand treatment opportunities,
    strengthen law enforcement capabilities, and work collaboratively with our global partners, we will reduce drug use and its resulting damage.

    While I am proud of the new direction described here, a well-crafted strategy is only as successful as its
    implementation. To succeed, we will need to rely on the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of every we will make our country stronger, our people healthier, and our streets safer. If we boost community-based prevention efforts, expand treatment opportunities, strengthen law enforcement capabilities, and work collaboratively with our global partners, we will reduce drug use and its resulting damage.

    While I am proud of the new direction described here, a well-crafted strategy is only as successful as its
    implementation. To succeed, we will need to rely on the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of every
    concerned American. I look forward to working with Congress, Federal, state and local officials, tribal
    leaders, and citizens across the country as we implement this Strategy and make our communities better
    places to live, work, and raise our families.

    BARACK H. OBAMA
    THE WHITE HOUSE
    March 2010
    ——-

  34. Well why the fuck should they bust up their lucrative anti mj racket ! sheeesh they set up phony mj buys on the street so they can confiscate your ride ,jail you, fine you, & run you through their plantation system ! fuck these pollytricksters! Who’s the real criminal here ? Remember this is a war & we are winning ! That moron Christ & his ilk are soon to be history ! I know that I ‘m a one issue voter this time around ! Free the flower !

  35. This jack-ass ruffled a lot of feathers, real nice to see all these posts. VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Hey Bruce, 1937 called and want you back real bad. Gosh Beav. sounds like a real swell place to be from, the further from the better. Think they’ll let people of color and women vote any time soon?

  37. what a joke.
    dependence my ass, i smoked for 10 years and quit cold turkey without so much as an irritable disposition,
    traffic fatalities? everyone who smokes weed already does so while driving, the percentage of fatalities where people had it in their system also were above the legal limited alcohol concentration,
    poor school performance? maybe its because the school system is flawed
    the only time i ever got pulled over while i was high was because my head light was burned out,
    alcohol is another story.

    fucking bureaucratic bullshit.

  38. Hilarious the FL “Drug Czar” refers to their stated goals as “over-reaching.” I couldn’t agree more. It’s right in line with our over-reaching federal government.

  39. Im a Floridian. I was born here, live here, and love it. And I always thought Florida got a bad rap…now I know why. To my “elected” officials, Reefer Madness was a failed attempt at propaganda, the world is getting smarter about weed everyday, and f you want Florida to thrive…then stop fucking acting like a bunch of paranoid assholes.

  40. “A legal marijuana industry would employ promotion, advertising, and lobbying to increase demand while maintaining prices well below their current black market levels. Stimulating demand while lowering prices would undoubtedly lead to both increases in the number of Americans that use marijuana as well as the intensity with which they use it.”

    In the Netherlands coffeeshops are not allowed to promote or advertise their cannabis products. Currently in the US, cigarettes are not allowed to advertise through certain medium such as television. The same rules can be applied to legal cannabis usage.

    People create so many issues to try and apply them against legalization, but in the end it only shows that there are much more reasons FOR it than against it.

  41. Even the BIBLE states and I quote Genesis 1:29 “Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.”

  42. the last poll i saw showed 72% OF AMERICANS FAVORED THE LEGALIZATION OF MARYJANE ALONG WITH A TAX AND CONTOL PROGRAM JUST LIKE BOOZE AND TABACKY-AND THAT WAS BEFORE THE ECONOMY WENT INTO THE CRAPPER! HOW MUCH MORE SENSE DOES IT MAKE TODAY? JOB CREATION,TAXES TO PAY FOR HEALTHCARE, LESS LOAD ON PRISONS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT YOU COULD FILL A BOOK WITH THE PROS AND MAYBE A PARAGRAPH WITH THE CONS!

  43. I am glad , Goofy and I did not get caught behind the tea cups last summer hittin that blunt. Ariel had the best Dank and that Yellow Bear, winnie, he had a killer bong!! After a little smoke session, the family vacation turned out OK. I think my kids had fun as well.

  44. ilive in florida. It’s ran by dumbasses like this who have no clue what they’re talking about they’d rather make up lies then look up facts. If urb was legal it may improve the shitty economy here by opening more factories which would hire plenty of people. I can’t wait until these people are out of office

  45. Ah, yes. Ignorance for marijuana. But then again, it seems like our side was maybe ‘over’pushing it a little bit too. It seems that the Director of Florida’s Office For Drug Control, Bruce, was more focused on the recreational use of the drug. He is not at the least bit intrigued by the medical possibilities that marijuana may or may not provide, (political standpoint, here). The future of cannabis law reform in Florida is very grim. All the Florida politicians probably have the idea of Columbians and Cubans smuggling cocaine & marijuana through South Florida cities like Miami, or Key West, and now as far as more modern marijuana policies go, Florida will be the last of the states to be made legal for pot, if it’s made at all!

    I have also been somewhat intrigued by the new government healthcare law that will take effect in the next couple years, and with the individual states, individually taking care of their own healthcare regulations. For example what do you think that will do to the marijuana regulations in the *individual* states..?

    This is all very interesting the day and age we live in, but facts are facts, and if they’re worried about addiction, and crude preparations, for one they should of thought about that when they let more harsher, medical and non-medical drugs slide through the regulators. They should of thought about the rehabilitation clinics, for opiates and alcohol. But you don’t see them accepting marijuana users. They’re not gonna give up methadone for marijuana. They would for methamphetamine, an non-opioid. But not marijuana, an non-opioid. If marijuana is worse, going the DEA scheduling, (meth-2; marijuana-1). As for the preparations, why not go for vapors. Why not go for more, non-synthetic cannabinoid pills, and not just THC. I think if this was sent to him, I could rest my case, but as for now it has insomnia.

    I rest This case.. Corey Cannabis

  46. Holy Smokes. Bruce is a moron. It’s about the money he and his agency receive to perpetuate the myth and deny patients and citizens the use of marijuana. The piglets suckling at the sweet milk flowing from the teats of the DOJ, DEA, and local LE agencies. Bruce is a liar! It’s the money. Always follow the money. There is corruption on the highest floor. Insanity- Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. 70 years of prohibition, with the same results. More supply, to meet the demand. There already is people using marijuana and most likely people inside his agency. Moron.

    The Rev.sLeezy
    The Universal Life Church of the Holy Smokes

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