Florida Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana Showdown in the South

Yes on Amendment 2On November 4, Florida voters will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to their state constitution, Amendment 2, to establish a medical marijuana program in that state. This vote is especially important as it would be the first southern state to legalize medical use, and would likely encourage other states in the region to take a serious look at the use of marijuana as a medicine for seriously ill patients.

Why A Constitutional Amendment?

Fearful that the conservative Republican state legislature would have passed legislation overriding such a change, if it were simply a state law changed by voter initiative, People United for Medical Marijuana, the sponsor of this proposal, elected to try to include the policy changes as an amendment to the state constitution. Amendment 2, the Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions initiative, must therefore receive 60 percent of votes cast to be enacted as a constitutional amendment, a high goal and a real challenge for any proposal to meet. That decision is one that may be instructive for future voter initiatives, with most polls currently showing we will win a majority of votes, but likely less than 60 percent.

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50 thoughts

  1. So it will fail by 55% and even the People of Florida will have demonstrated they don’t want people arrested for medical marijuana, the Pigs of Florida will consider this a green light to continue their abuse.

    Fuck Florida. I’m never stepping foot in that shitty state until they fix something with regards to how they treat people. Right to Work–Bullshit. Voter ID law–Bullshit. No medical marijuana–Bullshit. No way for people living in FL to make money in FL–Bullshit. Like I say, “Fuck you Florida!”

  2. There are too many closed mind,believe what the fudderal and state govt says,geezers in fl for this to pass.When this element croaks off and they get by the voting fraud {2 for me 1 for you}then maybe this has a chance.

  3. VOTE YES AMENDMENT 2 FLORIDA!

    I’ve been waiting for this vote all year. And I don’t even LIVE in Florida. Even though Oregon Alaska and D.C. deserve applause for full legalization, this vote hear in Florida to amend their state constitution for medicinal marijuana use is tipping the scales for Republican platforms and more importantly, the balance of electoral votes that ultimately determine whether Congress, the President or the Supreme Court can risk weighing in on the issue in supportive ways.

    Witness history in the making. Mark November 4th, 2014 as the day when the tides of Prohibition turned against itself. God Bless America.

  4. Early voting started today if Florida! I voted “yes on 2”.. get out there and lets make this happen people. now is our chance to join the rest…

  5. I am in Palm Beach County and have witnessed the fear being sold in political adds regarding medical Marijuana. Lots of dollars were spent by the opposition and almost no response to the lies and disinformation being told. If prop 2 fails it may be because of the small amount of money spent to respond. The opposition is responding with an add featuring a female doctor holding up a prescription pad claiming you will not need a prescription to buy pot from “pill mill style pot shops that will spring up everywhere”. The female doctor then states there is nothing medical about medical marijuana and that the law is “A TRICK”. This unanswered claim is what I believe will scare away voters on the fence. The opposition knows the plant is gaining ground so the next best thing is to attack the details the law itself by making it sound like a trick to legalize. We have more than the 60% of the vote needed that are in favor of medical marijuana but do not have 60% who trust what the law means. If this issue looses i hope all the people who stand to gain from starting pot businesses will wake up and fund an opposition THROUGH SITES LIKE NORML . Dollars were spent to place a billboard add for a medical marijuana school that will not do any good if we do not have the law. Another clever angle the opposition used was to attack the part of the law that stated that health care workers who are not an MD or a NURSE who handled the pot would not be arrested for doing so. Basically care givers with in a rest home who distribute meds to patients. This part of the law is being construed to mean any one can pass out pot anywhere, claiming the law is designed to protect street level drug dealers. This type of attack on legalization should be dealt with with anything but no visible response like what I have witnessed here in Florida. I have looked for the “GREASE ADD” but have yet to see it play. Lies must be responded to or they are believed to be facts!

  6. Yep, went into and read all of Normals stance on medical marijuana. Was deeply shocked, why? One would think that a State with a population the size of Florida and with such a large negative response from those that live in the reefer madness scare tactic days a group like as large as Normal would help the vote yes on amendment #2 for medical marijuana. Here’s how you do. Tell everyone about all the benefits the sick and needy from the other States where legal medical marijuana is legal. Show where other States have solved legal problems and other problems from legalization and how good things are going. Instead we hear how children will be rolling joints on desk tops for recess and how Florida will have the most lax laws in the U.S. because of wording in amendment #2 like amendment # 2 are the laws. It’s dirty pool in Florida and the sick and needy are gonna be the worse off because of money, that’s B.S.! Oh well the Mexican drug cartels are loving this.

  7. Marijuana should be legal across the board or not. The problem is lawyers who support it for medical reasons. Then they make money because someone is arrested without documentation, then they need a lawyer to fix it in court. Then there are those who are unable to use Marijuana even for medical reasons (doctors, police, firefighter, teachers, ect.). Then they will claim disability. Who will they need. A lawyer to represent them to suck off the government teat. Once again taxpayers have to support those slugs. If marijuana is totally legal then the lawyers won’t make money. Usually if a lawyer is in favor of something there is a motive behind it. Let’s make it totally legal, tax it and maybe it could clear up government deficits.

  8. just remember, the DEA will immediately raid any dispensaries. the state is also going to take away the drivers license of any card holders. Florida also drug tests the 11 year old paperboy, or anyone else who works anywhere, doing anything. but yeah, were getting “legal” marijuana.

  9. I think they should not legalize marijuana in Florida even though it can help people with serious diseases. young adults in florida are not responsible enough for that. it seems like they would do anything for that drug and it scares me.

  10. I think they should not legalize marijuana in Florida even though it can help people with serious diseases.it will cause more trouble than already is.

  11. I think they should not legalize marijuana in Florida even though it can help people with serious diseases.it will cause more trouble than there is already.

  12. Thanks for a dose of truth Dave, but some of us are stuck in this shit-hole state, please give us a break until after the election. I qualify as a patient, but am not holding my breath waiting for some assholes to say I can now get my meds, besides they will probably delay implementation of the law for at least a year, or other delay tactics will come up. So all in all I agree, fuck Florida until we get full legal, in the meantime I voted yes on 2. Thanks to all who help.

  13. I myself as a Florida resident living with a debilitating non curable disease would,could greatly benefit from the use if medical Marijuana! After reading over the ammendment I didn’t however find where it states that the state will take away your DL. It did however say that you cannot operate a motor vehicle,boat,ect. ” under the influence of Marijuana ” as I’m still able to drive at this point,adding safely and without harm to myself and others. This is not to say that will continue or for however long? ?? My disease very well may take my eyesight. However what I do have a problem with is … the fact that alcohol is legal and has a way higher rate of ” under the influence ” and death tolls not only here in Florida but across the US! Yet it’s still legal and more often so called responsible individuals with break this very law,adding … I’ve never heard of anyone “under the influence ” of Marijuana get behind the wheel and kill someone, hit and run,rob a bank,ect…. I’m not saying it’s never happened, I’m saying it’s not documented as a epidemic. I myself even after surgery to possibly hold off,help,bandaid my disease all with little to no success WILL BE VOTING yes To Ammendment 2. This to I’m sure will come with many trial and error ups and downs and I’m sure will fit true to be a huge headache for many,many of which will be on the other side of this very story. Ones who can’t, don’t or may never comprehend my daily struggle with my new normal as I now call it.

  14. If, as @Dave expects, it goes down with 55%, be ready with important effective protests to shame the legislature into making good.

  15. C’mon Dave you sound just like an anarchist. All you want to do is overthrow the government. Like I said before legalizing Marijuana across the board is fine but not for medical reasons. Then people like me who work for a living have to support those who cry poor because they can’t afford their “medicine”.

  16. And Angie, you too are sadly mistaken about driving under the influence of marijuana. The law is not called drunk driving but DUI, under the the influence of any substance that includes marijuana even those take presciption meds are not supposed to operate a motor vehicle. More and more people are getting stupid and driving and hurting others because they think that it’s alright to drive after using marijuana. It’s not the alcohol or other substances but the idiots that use it that aren’t responsible.

  17. Wake up people !!! The only reason marijuana isnt legal is because of big business. Big business, Yes, companies who manufacture alcohol, and prescription drugs, look at marijuana as a threat to there profit margins. These big business interests are controlling our politicians by dumping millions of dollars in ” campaign Contributions” in their laps. The laws, and all the votes behind them are bought and paid for!!!!! WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!! ITS TIME TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY, OUR GOVERNMENT, AND OUR FREEDOMS BACK !!! ITS TIME TO TELL THE SMALL HANDFUL OF MULTI-BILLIONAIRS

  18. that we are tired of being bought and paid for. It is time for us tostand up and take back our rights and freedoms.

  19. Legalizing cannabis will not erode the cultural fabric of our multidimensional society. It will remove the impediment of ignorance and the propaganda of governmental controls and allow for the truth and education to propogate the industry just beginning to rear its heads of infamy.

  20. The florida state government hates amendment 2. It will not let them tinker with the details by outlawing parts of the plant. As a floridian i was embarrassed of the sheriffs officer that participated in the televised marijuana debate. He was talking CHEECH AND CHONG and strobe lights to discredit the plant and law. If only people would get out and vote to stop a propaganda campaign from ruining a good thing. These state leaders want florida to remain the stupid state and of coarse it is for our own good.

  21. I need it to survive. If you jerks don’t vote it in, I will die. Please pay for me to move and buy me a home in Colorado. Thank you!

  22. I say make it very simple. Those who YES have the right to use it if and when the need arises and those that vote NO should not have the right.I find that conservatives always so NO until it impacts them personally, then it’s YES.

  23. @ Eddie, no I’m bitter. I used to go to Florida all the time, but the damn racism just got to me. Seriously, try driving around in the south with your black girl friend or boy friend. The people down there are living in the past and they don’t believe in the future.

    Prove me wrong. I really do want to be wrong!!!!!!!! Show me Florida can do something right for a change.

  24. Its a shame that prohibition has created a demand and an environment that has driven most cannabis growing indoors,under artificial lighting,thus creating an unnecessary carbon footprint on the planet with the electricity required.

    This is understandable in a near- arctic place like Alaska,with a three month period of frost free conditions.Florida on the other hand, is a tropical peninsula with almost ideal conditions for late maturing cannabis-sativa strains.

    however, the local wildlife– the homo sapien
    populations are very unpredictable in nature ,and are known to become violent and turn on each other for nefarious reasons,they will actually try to extort their own species over a plant and throw them in cages.

    Signs of evolution and progress are yet to be seen,and the future remains unclear.

  25. Florida, you can vote yourself smart
    By taking Amendment 2 to the heart.
    The sunshine state can grow cannabis with pride
    And place the mule of Freedom, ‘for the cart…

    Florida you have a shrinking land,
    That turns precious top soil back into sand
    But you can plant some hemp to stem the tide
    And stop a hurricane with a green brand

    Florida you are the tipping point, to note,
    Only if you move your @$$ and vote!
    Your chance to tell politicians that lied
    To eat the lies those evil people wrote

    Florida the nation needs your time
    More than what it costs to stand in line
    Think of all the innocents that died
    Then this is not some ordinary rhyme

    Florida you are the tipping point
    Between the Supreme Court smoking a joint
    Your vote will mark the time our people cried:

    END PROHIBITION NOW!

  26. Hey Dave, Your Way Off Base Bro. Wrong Forum, lol..

    Anyway, I am in PA, BUT I want to Live in FL sometime soon, and I would like to do so without the florida PD chasing me around looking to tear apart my car and mace me.

    The Bottom line is this, MONEY! It’s all going to boil down to whos gonna get some of the pot (no pun intended).. Lets face it, Florida has a HUGE Population and stands to rake in BILLIONS in Taxes, like they done get enough already, sorry, lol. But, that should be the incentive to get things rolling if the Amendment passes.

    Colorado has shown that the end of the world is not going to happen just cause some weed was legalized. Indeed, most are happy with the arrangement. Their kids are not Firing up a Joint any more now than they were 2 years ago, before it was legal, it’s actually a lower percentage now!.. People don’t get violent when using pot, and most are happy in front of the TV.

    I do not smoke at this time, simply because it is not that easy to obtain here, and the stuff you can get is so highly priced its not worth the buzz.

    PA needs to WAKE UP to the above facts also, but this place is like the land time forgot.. Our Governor doesn’t have a clue, he just knows he doesn’t want it legal, nor does he care that the people of PA “DO” want it legal! Well, hes gonna get booted out of office in a few days anyway for lack of paying attention to the people who put him into that office in the first place. :-).

    Florida’s new candidate says he is in favor of medical marijuana, I think his name is Charlie Crist ? If he gets in at least there wont be any opposition from his office if # 2 passes..

    PLUS, that hearing is starting for the ReScheduling of Marijuana, (Pickard VS U.S.) if that goes through things will change rapidly, then it has a use under federal law and can be prescribed by doctors.

    I wish you guys luck who are voting for # 2 to pass. I WISH I could Vote! 🙂 YES TO #2

    ÿõõõ

    Johnny V.

  27. Hey Dave, Your Way Off Base Bro. Wrong Forum, lol..

    Anyway, I am in PA, BUT I want to Live in FL sometime soon, and I would like to do so without the florida PD chasing me around looking to tear apart my car and mace and/or Tazer me.

    The Bottom line is this, MONEY! It’s all going to boil down to whos gonna get some of the pot (no pun intended).. Lets face it, Florida has a HUGE Population and stands to rake in BILLIONS in Taxes, like they done get enough already, sorry, lol. But, that should be the incentive to get things rolling if the Amendment passes.

    Colorado has shown that the end of the world is not going to happen just cause some weed was legalized. Indeed, most are happy with the arrangement. Their kids are not Firing up a Joint any more now than they were 2 years ago, before it was legal, it’s actually a lower percentage now!.. People don’t get violent when using pot, and most are happy in front of the TV.

    I do not smoke at this time, simply because it is not that easy to obtain here, and the stuff you can get is so highly priced its not worth the buzz.

    PA needs to WAKE UP to the above facts also, but this place is like the land time forgot.. Our Governor doesn’t have a clue, he just knows he doesn’t want it legal, nor does he care that the people of PA “DO” want it legal! Well, hes gonna get booted out of office in a few days anyway for lack of paying attention to the people who put him into that office in the first place. :-).

    Florida’s new candidate says he is in favor of medical marijuana, I think his name is Charlie Crist ? If he gets in at least there wont be any opposition from his office if # 2 passes..

    PLUS, that hearing is starting for the ReScheduling of Marijuana, (Pickard VS U.S.) if that goes through things will change rapidly, then it has a use under federal law and can be prescribed by doctors.

    I wish you guys luck who are voting for # 2 to pass. I WISH I could Vote! 🙂 YES TO #2

    ÿõõõ

    Johnny V.

  28. save money from convictions profit from marijuana and use the money help the stateand it form and educate everyone will benefit

  29. If marajuanna isn’t leagal then why is so many other drugs that are less proven, more dangerous, and addicting are.

  30. Legalizing marijuana is NOT the issue. The issue is the manner in which they are trying to make it legal. If you vote no, it DOES NOT mean that pot will never be legal. It will just force lawmakers to make it legal the appropriate way – making it a law rather than a Constitutional amendment.

  31. Conservative So. Florida retirees will be wanting MJ for all their medical conditions, with the condition that nobody else can use it. We can thank conservatives for fuking up the world in every way.

  32. That Rick Scott, the laughing skull billionaire and FL governor owns a string of drug testing labs could have something to do with his opposition to MJ. The Florida oligarchy Republicans and their pal Sheldon Adelson from Las Vegas to whom all politicians must bow to, are the ones ruling the state.

  33. first off I am putting my name because I am not afraid of being put out there as a legalization supporter I was just reading the article talking about cannabis has reached the courts of the united states I want people to see that we not afraid to ask for what we want regardless even if its thinkgs that we should not have to ask for and its just things that we should just have I don’t say this just to get high I don’t say this for a better economy because regardless of wether weed is legalized this economi is still gonna be fucked up our government has put such a burdon on its pepol that we create sites like this as an out reach how can u illegalize a plant that has if any thing upgrading compounds yes I think that there is such thing as aupstance abuse when it comes to cannabis but whats wrong with going home after a hard days work and tokin up in ur house that’s wrong considereing the amount of stress that the average American has to go through unfair taxes false arrests planted evidence and dallas for closure lawer u are wrong we need to do the oppsite we need to demand liberty its time for another revolution America needs change no change that another fucking bureaucrat can give us no we need real change I am Daniel p copas I am 18 years old and my email hi.neona@gmail.com if any one wants to talk and as always
    II morte tyranis ( its latin)
    home of an anarchist down with the government

  34. we must stand together we must change this not just for pot and a little high but for the greater American good and I know there are those little bitch stoners that are like yeah whatever fuck America bring this nation to what it was let make the nation it used to be pot it somewhat dangerous if u inhaling the smoke but Tabaco and alchol are both far more dangerous alchol causes more than 5000 deaths a year because of alchol and twice whatever number that may be for Tabaco ( ull find that while I am not informed I am correct) and that pot is one of the least thing u have to worry about when it comes to substance trust me been there done that if anybody feels so inclined use any of my comment for another site comment on them email gimmi some feed back hi.neona@gmail.com Daniel copas just an 18 year old kid that relizes more than all the fucks with there little degrees and am out to change if there are still people care about liberty and justice for all

  35. @Fat Freddy mentioned Sheldon Adelson, let us examine ANOTHER “industry”– alongside Alcohol, 2WackGo, pHARMa, PIG$(Prison-“Industrial”-Government-$indicate) etc.– that has $omething to lo$e if millions of present-day addict-Depressives learn how to Upgrade their Endocannabinistics and express Handpflandtzenhormonity INEXPENSIVELY–

    Gambling! Casinos and all that.

    Certain chronic DEPRESSION sufferers, when they get some money (alias mania), go MANIC, i.e. they start dreaming of huge winnings which will psychovindicate them and make up for the evil stuff they suffered as an infant, etc., dress up fashionably and go to a CASINO to risk their money magnificently.

    Unfortunately they soon reach the next phase of the cycle, when MANIC turns to PANIC (Pay-Next) when they have run out of money and return to a self-obstructed DePression (or Debtor Prison), a sort of FROZEN PANIC.

    Whereupon Mr. Adelson and his ilk (alias “the House”) use their Winning$ they’ve hatefearteased out of the DepressoSuckers to sponsor scare campaigns against Cannabis Reform !nitiatives!

  36. The biggest opposition is coming from the Florida sheriffs department. That is why they were in the televised debate. They stand to loose almost 1 billion dollars in confiscations of property if prop 2 passes. In my opinion the police should not be working so hard to not obey the public wishes. The play book is to scare people so they can keep laws that allow them to keep raping the people stay the same. This is how shameful and greedy our so called public servants are. Arresting young people for profit. Lets not forget another big money maker they have called payed probation,sometimes up to $60.00 a per visit. “HAVE YOU GOT YOUR MONEY AND HAVE YOU BEEN GOOD?” These dangerous smokers must be stopped and looted. Our justice system has been corrupted by these creeps we have in government. I think a grass roots effort to flush the toilet called Washington of those lifetime politicians is in order. That will bring change. VOTE YES ON 2

  37. RUT, dude, the police are nuts down there. And lazy.

    When I used to visit Florida looking for rare plants, I would come across guns that were thrown away. The only reason I can think of to throw a gun away is because it is a murder weapon. I would record the locations and try to provide them to the police–which never seems to work. They are literally too fucking lazy to go pick up the firearms.

    All the police do in Florida is scapegoat black people and keep their whole state in the shitter. For example, if I was black and picked up one of those guns and brought it to the police, they would simply arrest me as they now have my finger prints on a murder weapon. Just another innocence victim for their evil Prisons for Profit.

  38. Just another reminder here, to VOTE AGAINST $HELDON ADEL$ON and the racist exploiters mentioned by @Dave and @RUT.

    October $urpri$es aimed at the Florida vote:

    1. Halloween Potted Candy $care
    2. ISIS (resembles the word “hashish”)
    3. Ebola (a) something “medical” to scare voters against medical cannabis, (b) scare some “Yes” voters into staying home for fear of getting sick at the Polls

  39. Florida retired flag waving FOX fans may vote against cannabis, but when their time comes and they need relief and relief being just a puff away won’t they die like hypocrites?

  40. Please listen and consider what this #2 amendment is really about. I understand how you feel about the government because basically it sucks BUT please, please reconsider about voting yes on this amendment because it’ about the thousands of people that are critically and acutely ill with various debilitating diseases. Marijuana is really the only non drug that isn’t an opiate based drug. It is so important that people understand this because it helps to relieve or take the edge off the pain, improves their appetite and nausea/vomiting from cancer treatment’s, not lethargic more alert able to interact with family and friends which is needed because family support is essential. Please weigh the pro’s and con’s of mmj.

  41. Fuck everything about Florida. From the bullshit laws to the non existent bureaucracy, to their bullshit requirements for federally funded medical assistance. I am epileptic, I need this to pass. Not just to have fun but because it actually helps my condition.

    If it doesn’t pass, I’m fucking bailing from this bullshit state. Everything about this place makes it a piece of shit.

  42. THE HORROR THE HORROR http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Surveillance/AdverseDrugEffects/ucm070461.htm
    Wtf is really going on FLORIDA!!!
    sheldon adelson RAPED y’all. That lying worthless f*#k needs to get a visit from the karma MONSTER. It’s time to Rase Agents the Machine!!! All the lives that could have been saved just from alternative pain medication are of his hands. Eye for an eye!!! I sound the hunting call. He should be in prison at the very leased. Don’t you dare let him get away with it!!!!!!!

  43. THE HORROR THE HORROR http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Surveillance/AdverseDrugEffects/ucm070461.htm
    Above is info they don’t want you to see. Straight from FDA ( pharmacy company god child ). The FDA hates your children and you. They knowing approve things everyday that kill you. And when the FDA approves something good luck trying to sue for anything. You are all getting raped everyday you take there poison. Wake up from your fluoride induced sedation. Sound the alarm the government is knowingly do its citizens harm. Or you could bend over and ask sweetly for lube and to be gentle:)
    Wtf is really going on FLORIDA!!!
    sheldon adelson RAPED y’all. That lying worthless f*#k needs to get a visit from the karma MONSTER. It’s time to Rase Agents the Machine!!! All the lives that could have been saved just from the use of alternative pain medication are of his hands. Eye for an eye!!! I sound the hunting call. He should be in prison at the very leased. Don’t you dare let him get away with it!!!!!!! This is the beginning of the time you’ve been hearing about all your life. Stand up! Fall in and let’s take back are country. Btw this is a current global war. And there’s no excuse for these jackals to be able to hide anywhere. They all need to be brought before the court we create. To carry out there sentences.

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