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OneStrain – for your discreet Deliveries

Posted by | September 27, 2017 | Cannabis Business, cannabis extract, Cannabis Product Review, Reviews, Vaping, Vaporizer Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rolling a Joint with Seth Rogen

Posted by | June 19, 2017 | Cannabis News, Cannabis News Video

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Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Headed to Senate Floor

Posted by | April 26, 2017 | Cannabis Jobs in Florida, Cannabis News, Florida Medical Marijuana News

Medical Marijuana Bill Headed to Senate Floor

It’s officially “go” time for the Florida Legislature to finally reach an agreement over the future of medical marijuana in Florida.

On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Senate’s proposal to regulate medical cannabis, green-lighting the bill with only one “no” vote, from Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.

The bill now heads to the full Senate for approval.

SB 406, sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, is the Senate’s idea of how Florida will regulate the state’s newly expanded medical marijuana industry after nearly 72 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment last fall.

Senators heard several amendments to Bradley’s bill on Tuesday. One of the amendments, pushed by Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach and former Sen. Frank Artiles, would add minority and veterans diversity plans for medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs).

Another amendment would require doctors to check the Compassionate Use Registry to verify patients weren’t “doctor shopping,” or seeing multiple doctors to get several prescriptions for medical marijuana.

Bradley’s bill, seen as the less restrictive measure moving through the state legislature, would grandfather in the seven current MMTCs and increase the cap on the number of marijuana dispensaries, expanding the number of businesses by five more when the state has 250,000 patients, 350,000 patients, 400,000 patients and then every 100,000 thereafter.

SB 406 would also allow eliminate the three-month waiting period and would also allow patients to increase their prescription cannabis supply from 45 to 90 days or even greater than 90 days with a doctor’s approval.

The legislation would create a coalition to research medical marijuana through Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Center and Research Institute, one of the top medical research centers in the state.

The goal of the coalition, according to the bill, is to conduct “rigorous scientific research,” and to “guide policy” for the adoption of a statewide policy on ordering and dosing practices for medical marijuana.

An education board, appointed by Dr. Alan List, the chief executive officer of the Moffitt Cancer Center, will adopt a plan for medical marijuana research in Florida. By Feb. 15 of each year, the board would need to report to the governor, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House on research projects, community outreach initiatives and future plans of the coalition in regards to medical marijuana.

Nonresidents would also be allowed to apply to receive medical marijuana in Florida as long as they are able to get medical marijuana in their home state and qualify in Florida.

Another amendment would require the Department of Health to have computer software system to track marijuana from “seed to sale,” following pot as it’s planted and distributed to patients statewide.

Bradley’s legislation has had a relatively easy time sailing through the Senate, but now the real negotiations begin to regulate Florida’s medical cannabis industry.

On Monday, a Florida House committee passed that chamber’s proposal to regulate medical pot and the bill has many provisions at odds with the Senate’s proposals.

Anti-drug groups like the Drug Free America Foundation have largely been behind crafting HB 1397 and say a more restrictive proposal is the correct way to prevent “abuse” of the state’s newest prescription drug.

The House measure, for example, includes the 90-day wait period for patients, bans edibles and vaping and also prohibits pregnant women from ingesting the drug even if their doctor suggest it.

In order to pass and become a law, both chambers will need to reach an agreement over what the state will and will not allow when it comes to medical pot.

Both bills are now ready to be heard by the House and Senate, but no hearing dates have been set.

 

 

Reach reporter Allison Nielsen by email at allison@sunshinestatenews.com or follow her on Twitter: @AllisonNielsen.

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Voters take second shot at legalizing Florida medical marijuana

Posted by | November 8, 2016 | Cannabis Jobs in Florida, Cannabis News, Florida Medical Marijuana News

Voters take second shot at legalizing Florida medical marijuana

This year’s Amendment 2 would broaden access for diseases with symptoms other than seizures or spasms

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida voters have a second chance to approve a state amendment legalizing medical marijuana for ailments including glaucoma, AIDS and post-traumatic stress disorder, after narrowly rejecting a similar measure two years ago.

The legislature in the meantime has allowed limited use of non-smoked, low-THC pot for patients with cancer or ailments that cause chronic seizures or severe spasms, and two dispensaries have opened in the state with home deliveries allowed statewide. Delays in fully implementing the law have added to arguments in favor of legalizing medical marijuana under the state constitution.

Florida would become the 26th state along with the District of Columbia to legalize the marijuana plant for medical use. Florida is one of 16 states where only part of the marijuana plant is used.

Opponents of the measure in 2014, which failed to garner the required 60 percent of the vote, had expressed concerns that Florida would be overrun with pot shops and that children wouldn’t be adequately protected from potential bad effects of the drug.

Proponents say loopholes have been closed this time, including requiring parental written consent for underage patients and that caregivers register with the state Health Department.

This year’s Amendment 2 would broaden access for diseases with symptoms other than seizures or spasms. The measure lists 10 illnesses: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. It also allows doctors to prescribe pot for any other similar kind of ailment.

The department will regulate how medical marijuana can be distributed along with mandating identification cards for caregivers and patients. Many rules and regulations — from how the marijuana is grown to regulations on how it can be transported for in-home delivery — already have been passed by the legislature under laws for limited use of marijuana. Those regulations also will apply to the constitutional amendment.

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Florida: Medical Cannabis Bill Headed Back To Florida Senate

Posted by | March 2, 2016 | Cannabis Jobs in Florida, Cannabis News, Florida Medical Marijuana News, Marijuana News

Florida: Medical Cannabis Bill Headed Back To Florida Senate

A medical cannabis bill is headed back to the floor of the Florida Senate after being approved in the rules committee Monday.

The bill (SB460) was debated on the Senate floor last week but was referred back to committee because of the number of late amendments sought.

When Senator Rob Bradley introduced the bill in October, he wanted to expand the Right to Try Act to allow terminally ill patients to use non smokable cannabis of all strengths and doses. However, the Republican from Fleming Island has added regulations to resolve issues that have come up since the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act signed by Governor Rick Scott two years ago.
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2016 Medical Marijuana Petition Approved By Florida Supreme Court

Posted by | December 18, 2015 | Cannabis News, Florida Medical Marijuana News, Marijuana News

2016 Medical Marijuana Petition Approved By Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court has put it’s stamp of approval on the 2016 version of the medial marijuana petition, paving the way towards it’s imminent placement on the ballot.

This leaves the final step prior to getting on the ballot:  to secure 683,149 validated petitions. As of this email, we have over 400,000 validated and only weeks left to collect and send in the remainder.

Please contribute anything you can to the petition drive here.  We still have 2 weeks of John Morgan’s 9 to 1 match, and we need to bring in this money BEFORE the New Year.

Additionally, Print, sign and mail in the NEW 2016 petition at http://www.unitedforcare.org/petition .  If you’re not sure if you’ve done this already, send it in again. It won’t be double counted.

There are only weeks left to get this done.  Please help today.

More details to come.

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United for Care

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VANCOUVER, WASH. — Washington’s marijuana business has created a legal occupation that offers career opportunities for bud trimmers, according to The Columbian and The Associated Press.

Read more at: http://marijuana.heraldtribune.com/2015/04/07/marijuana-trimmers-see-career-potential/

“I’ve done everything from pumping gas to remodeling houses, but I think there’s longevity in this,” 32-year-old bud trimmer Kurt Vermillion told The Columbian. “I think there’s lots of growing room in this industry. I want to do whatever they need me to do.”

Bud trimmers make between $12 and $15 an hour and use small scissors to trim away leaves and other things from marijuana buds. Most trimmers work on about a pound to a pound and a half of marijuana per day.

Experienced workers can move up to gardeners or concentrate makers and make $50,000 to $90,000 a year.

For 37-year-old Julie Whittaker, who started trimming buds in November, the job turned out to be less stressful than her former work in the banking software industry.

“I’ve been learning my way as I go,” she said. “I’m intrigued by this whole industry. It’s a big shift for me, and honestly I find it to be better regulated than even my old career in banking.”

Vermillion and Whittaker work at Cedar Creek Cannabis, where Mark Michaelson, head of operations, is eyeing ways to hold onto workers. The company has 14.

“We want to work on employee retention,” he said. “Eventually we’ll have health and dental insurance and full benefits for them, too.”

Clark County has eight growers that have been approved by the Liquor Control Board, and five stores have opened in Clark County so far and two more are planning to open within two months.

Before the legalization of marijuana, bud trimmers migrated from job to job and were paid in cash by the pound and risked arrest. Now, bud trimmers typically make an hourly wage, though some are paid by the pound.

“I think what happens is people think in this industry, people are just hanging out and maybe even smoking,” said 32-year-old Brittny Houghton, 32, whose family owns Cedar Creek Cannabis. “But that’s not what we do. It’s a real job, it’s 9 to 5, you have to be on time, you don’t have to be a smoker, and the quality of the work is important.”

At CannaMan Farms, another marijuana business, owner Brian Stroh said trimmers come from a variety of backgrounds.

“It’s a business that people who work hard can move up in,” he said.

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New Poll: Florida Voters Want Medical Marijuana, Decriminalized Weed

Posted by | April 7, 2015 | Cannabis Jobs in Florida, Cannabis News, Florida Medical Marijuana News, Marijuana News, medical marijuana

Despite narrowly voting against legalized medical marijuana in November, Sunshine State residents now want lax weed laws

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/new-poll-florida-voters-want-medical-marijuana-decriminalized-weed-20150406#ixzz3WfxEoleO

Although Florida citizens narrowly voted against legalizing medical marijuana this past Election Day, a new poll of Sunshine State voters revealed that Floridians are in favor of both legalizing marijuana for medical use and decriminalizing weed for personal use. The new study also shows that the only reason that voters rejected the pro-pot Amendment 2 in November is because the prospective law’s wording “troubled many voters,” ABC Action News in Tampa Bay reports.

In a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, a resounding 84 percent of Florida voters said they would vote in favor of a bill to legalize medical marijuana. However, when Amendment 2 was brought to voters, only 58 percent of citizens voted in favor of the bill, just 2 percent shy of the 60 percent needed to enact the law. According to Quinnipiac, it’s likely Amendment 2’s complex wording likely conspired against itself, as only 14 percent of Floridians polled said they would vote against a legalized medical marijuana bill.

States like Alaska, Washington, Colorado and, starting in July, Oregon have all embraced decriminalized weed, and if the Quinnipiac poll captures the tenor of Florida voters, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” the Sunshine State follows suit. In the new poll, 55 percent said they would be in favor of decriminalized weed laws similar to that of Oregon and Alaska – meaning no dispensaries but legalized possession and personal cultivation – while 42 percent would be opposed to such a law.

Surprisingly, of those 55 percent, a majority of that number admits they still wouldn’t use marijuana. Only 17 percent of those polled said they would “definitely” or “probably” take advantage of Florida’s lax marijuana laws, while 81 percent admitted they still wouldn’t get high even if they were allowed to.

“These results show that marijuana legalization is a mainstream issue that ambitious politicians should try to latch onto instead of run away from,” Tom Angell, Chairman of Marijuana Majority, told ABC Tampa. “If the next president isn’t willing to personally support ending prohibition as the best policy approach, he or she at least needs to push for changing federal laws so that seriously ill people can use medical marijuana without fear of being harassed by the DEA.”

A bill to approve medical marijuana will be back on the Florida ballot for Election Day 2016.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/new-poll-florida-voters-want-medical-marijuana-decriminalized-weed-20150406#ixzz3WfxJcm00
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Non-Smokable Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Florida House by Two Republicans

Posted by | February 17, 2015 | Cannabis Jobs in Florida, Cannabis News, Florida Medical Marijuana News, Legalization of Medical Marijuana, Marijuana News

Non-Smokable Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Florida House by Two Republicans

A state Senate bill to legalize medical marijuana in Florida now has a companion in the House thanks to two Republican representatives.

Reps. Greg Steube of Sarasota and John Wood of Winter Haven joined together to sponsor the legislation just a few weeks after Sen. Jeff Brandes, a St. Pete Republican, filed his bill in the Senate.

Though there’s one major difference: the House version specifically mandates that medical marijuana cannot be smoked.

Both bills, HB 683 and SB 528, are substantially identical. Under the proposed law, those suffering form cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and cachexia would be able to use medical marijuana. Those with persistent pain, nausea, seizures, or muscle spasms would also be eligible for a medical marijuana prescription regardless of the cause, though in those cases other potential treatments would have to be tried and exhausted first.

But the House bill includes the phrase, “The term [medical marijuana] does not include the use or administration of medical-grade marijuana by, or possession of medical-grade marijuana for, smoking.” The Senate bill includes no such language. (By the way, New York is currently the only state that has legalized medical marijuana but forbidden it from being smoked).

Perhaps the change was made after the Florida Sheriffs Association came out against Brandes’ original Senate bill in a 38-2 vote. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri specifically targeted smokable medical marijuana as a reason for the sheriffs objection in a press conference earlier this month.

“Nobody sits around on a Saturday night with the strobe lights going and the party music going on and says, ‘Let’s rub this oil on my wrist.’ They want to smoke it. It has social value to it,” he said. “They’ll say that it’s the easiest way to absorb it, and the fastest way to absorb it. Well, there are other ways.”

Because clearly, strobe lights and party music on a Saturday night are some of the biggest threats to Floridians’ safety and well-being. Because obviously the specifics of how to medicate with marijuana should be dictated by out-of-touch sheriffs and not medical professionals.

In turn, Steube specifically mentioned law enforcement concerns in a press release.

“Our job is to ensure that the steps taken to provide medicinal marijuana does not handicap our law enforcement and continues to protect the health, safety and welfare of all Floridians,” read the release.

Brandes, meanwhile, has previously indicated he’s willing to compromise on his bill, perhaps signaling that the Senate bill also could be rewritten to forbid the smoking of medical marijuana.

The dual bills came after a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medicinal weed narrowly fell short of the 60 percent threshold in last November’s election. Many critics of the amendment suggested that, while they weren’t necessarily against medical marijuana, the issue would be better handled in the legislature.

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Guy with massive brain injury is biking across Florida to raise awareness for medical pot

Posted by | January 26, 2015 | cannabis jobs, Cannabis Jobs in Florida, Cannabis News, Florida Medical Marijuana News, Legalization of Medical Marijuana

Guy with massive brain injury is biking across Florida to raise awareness for medical pot

What do you get when you cross a normal, everyday dude with 12 screws and six metal plates?

No, this isn’t some cheesy joke with a punch line playing on the word “screws,” it’s a real story about a man and his pot. The not-so-funny answer is a metal skull.

Ken Locke cheated death in late 2001 after a tree fell on his head and caved in his skull. The 12 screws and 6 plates rebuilt his broken head. But the news wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Locke was left with frequent grand mal seizures. According to the Panama City News Herald Locke suffered more than 60 of the debilitating and frightening seizures.

Locke was on a cocktail of prescription drugs he said caused him to lose more than 50 pounds. So he ditched the pharmacy in his bathroom and took up smoking pot in 2006. That same year he trekked across country on his bike to raise awareness for the benefits of medical cannabis. This year, now that a medical marijuana ballot initiative failed in Florida, he’s doing it again. On January 3, Locke started a statewide bike tour with his wife and 12-year old son that will culminate on January 10 in Tallahassee.

The pro-pot bike tour will end with a Libertarian rally in the state’s capital.

Locke’s bike tour comes at an important time for proponents of medical marijuana in Florida. Last year, the state legislature passed a medical marijuana law that would allow the dissemination of a non-high inducing strain of marijuana. That strain would be low in Tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that causes users to get high, but high in Cannabidiol. That’s the part of pot thought to reduce seizures.

Since Locke started using medical marijuana, he says he hasn’t had any more seizures – more than he can say for the arsenal of pharmaceuticals he was taking.

 

Read more at http://www.saintpetersblog.com/archives/173808

Florida May Expand CBD Law

Although cannabis backers in Florida are already prepping for a 2016 campaign to legalize medical marijuana, a few key lawmakers are hinting that they may take action to expand the state’s CBD-focused program.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, a law passed last year to set up a small MMJ program primarily for epileptics and patients with life-threatening illnesses may be broadened to include other ailments and possibly even marijuana with normal amounts of THC.

Under the current law, patients will have access to only low-THC, high-CBD cannabis, and only five companies will be selected by the state Department of Health to produce the medicine.

What lawmakers are waiting for is a rule-making hearing next month with the department that could either jumpstart the original CBD program, which has been held up with various administrative delays, or persuade legislators that they need to revisit the issue.

Several key lawmakers, including two Republicans, told the Sentinel they expect the program to be expanded at some point. They’re just not sure when that will be.

It’s conceivable, however, that they could pass a bill this year or next in an attempt to ward off another political campaign from Orland trial attorney John Morgan, who was behind the MMJ push last year.

Morgan has promised to help fund another campaign in 2016 if the Legislature doesn’t approve a broader medical marijuana program than the CBD law already in place.

Job Growth in the Cannabis Industry by leafhead

Cannabis boom in 2014: 2014 was a banner year for medical marijuana legislation and 2015 looks to be another year filled with legalization, decriminalization and the expansion of the medical marijuana business. In the state of Colorado $573 Million was spent on medical marijuana with $60 Million collected in taxes whereas in Washington $64 Million was spent on medical marijuana with $15 Million collected in taxes. Is there any wonder why the job economy has also raised in those states? $8 Million was given to marijuana and cannabis research, Alaska and Oregon passed legislation as well as Washington D.C.

Job Growth for Medical Marijuana Workers10,000+ new jobs were created last year with only half of the country having legalized or passing medical marijuana legislation. Considering that 3 new states passed legislation and 6 more states are in play in the coming year the potential for job growth has become exponential. With a total of 4 states out of the 23 legalized states having specific amendments to include recreational smoking and use of cannabis the markets for jobs and career growth has grown as well. The projections made about the industry include nearly $10 Billion in revenue for marijuana-legal states within the next three years and if more states are added to that list the growth in the economy could be even more substantial.

 

Investment Trading in the Coming Year With the release of the breaking story about Founders Fund investing in Privateer Holdings Inc. opens up a new era in the legitimacy of cannabis entrepreneurship. Larger more privatized firms will take the cue from Founders Fund to begin investing within other businesses in the cannabis industry. Ancillary services are growing every day in the industry and with the existing infrastructure for pot only being developed within the last couple years the time for job growth through investment capital has finally come. The states that stand to make the greatest benefit through medical marijuana jobs are those that didn’t have an infrastructure for manufacturing and growing of cannabis. States such as Alaska and Oregon’s amendments included recreational provisions thus making the demand for medical marijuana greater. Through legalization the economy expands to create new businesses, more jobs and careers, and more tax revenue as a result of sales.

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What Went Wrong in FL – Amendment 2?

Posted by | November 8, 2014 | Cannabis Jobs in Florida, Florida Medical Marijuana News

What Went Wrong in FL – Amendment 2?

The big marijuana story this week was obviously the passage of recreational cannabis sales in Oregon and Alaska, along with adult use in Washington DC. But the near-victory of medical marijuana in Floridaalso has generated plenty of chatter.

In the days since Amendment 2′s flameout, MMJ proponents have been wondering what went wrong after the measure had been polling astronomically high over the summer.

Some of those proponents, including more than one commenter on Marijuana Business Daily’s website, place dual blame on both campaigns: Drug Free Florida, for running controversial TV ads many called “fear-mongering,” and People United for Medical Marijuana, for not counter-attacking as hard as it could have.

Drug Free ran ads alleging that if Amendment 2 passed, marijuana shops would pop up like pill mills, kids would be able to obtain marijuana without their parents’ consent and felons would be allowed to be caregivers. One memorable spot suggested the measure should be called the “Drug Dealer Protection Act.”

“I would have liked to have seen commercials that dispelled the fear mongering and outright lying the opposition had all over TV,” wrote one Marijuana Business Daily reader in the comments section of a story. “It was shameful – comparing medicinal marijuana dispensaries to pill mills.”

Mike Smullen, a Florida MMJ entrepreneur, agreed.

“I was really surprised that United for Care didn’t go after those ads aggressively with their own ads on TV,” Smullen said. “They (Drug Free Florida) clearly got away with something.”

People United did fight Drug Free’s ads, even going so far at one point as to issue a cease-and-desist letter to multiple TV stations running the ads. But it didn’t finance a TV response.

Regardless, MMJ isn’t finished in Florida, Orlando attorney John Morgan promised this week. Morgan, who threw millions of his own fortune into the effort and was the face of the campaign, said the next step is to try to get the state Legislature to act. If that doesn’t work, he vowed to fight to get another measure on the ballot in 2016.

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Florida: Legal Cannabis Fight Will Continue

The Sunshine State was an early defeat on Tuesday night, with election results emerging at roughly the same time as the victory to the north, in Washington DC. The Florida campaign was an expensive one, with both sides expending millions of dollars on TV ads, both fighting to the bitter end.

But after the count was finalized, Amendment 2 failed to get the requisite 60% of support from voters needed to change the state Constitution – it garnered just under 58%.

That was a huge letdown to scores of cannabis entrepreneurs who were hoping to tap into what could easily become one of the country’s largest MMJ markets, with a population of 20 million and a sizable elderly demographic.

“It’s very, very disappointing,” said Mike Smullen, executive chairman of Altmed, a Florida cannabis company aiming to open a MMJ dispensary. Smullen and his team are still planning on moving forward with their business plan, in the hopes of getting one of five business permits the state will issue for high-CBD, low-THC medicine for epileptics.

Smullen said that Drug Free Florida, the campaign that opposed Amendment 2, ran “deceptive” ads based on “fear-mongering,” paid for in large part by more than $5 million from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. People United for Medical Marijuana, the group behind Amendment 2, didn’t counter as well as they could have, Smullen said.

“This should not have happened. There was enough momentum,” Smullen said. “Perhaps we underestimated how effective those TV ads were in the last few weeks.”

But the fact that nearly 58% of voters supported MMJ is highly encouraging and would have ranked as a resounding victory in other states that only require a simple majority to pass such legislation.

John Morgan, the Orland trial attorney who spearheaded the campaign and funded it with millions of his own money, promised that the battle for MMJ isn’t over.

“This fight does not end tonight. This fight begins tonight. Tomorrow we go to Tallahassee,” Morgan said in a press release.

“The governor and the leadership of the House and Senate MUST listen to the people who gave them their jobs. They must act on this issue,” Morgan said. “If they don’t – we’ll be back on the ballot in 2016. And the will of the people WILL NOT be denied a second time.”

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Vote Yest on Florida’s Amendment 2 – Create More Cannabis Jobs

Posted by | November 1, 2014 | cannabis jobs, Cannabis Jobs in Florida, Cannabis News

Introduction

Florida’s Amendment 2, the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, is currently on the ballot, and its passage would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the state. Florida is the only U.S. state with a medical cannabis amendment on the ballot this November 4th, and if at least 60% of Floridians vote YES on 2, it will be the first state southern state to legalize cannabis as medicine.Passage of Amendment 2 will legalize only the medicinal use, and not the recreational use, of cannabis.

Ballot Summary

Amendment 2 “allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana.”

Where Amendment 2 Currently Stands

While a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in summer 2014 found that 88% of Florida voters support the legalization of medical marijuana, a more recent poll conducted by Schroth Eldon & Associates (SEA), a Democratic firm, found that 59% of people plan to vote “Yes” on 2, while only 32% plan to vote “No”.

While “Yes” votes have increased since the two SEA polls prior to the current one (which found 48% and 50% support for Amendment 2), 60% of voters must vote “Yes” in order for the amendment to pass.

Funding for the Campaign

Interestingly, a recent Washington Post article shows that the “Yes on 2″ campaign has been funded approximately 91% in-state, while only 15% of the “No on 2″ campaign has been funded in-state (85% of the “No” campaign has been funded by billionaire and casino-owner Sheldon Adelson). This is a strong indication that most Floridians want medical cannabis legalized. As of October 29, 2014, the “Yes” campaign has raised $7,812,024 to garner support, while the “No” campaign raised $5,848,932. However, funding means nothing if Floridians don’t get out and vote.

Isn’t Medical Marijuana Already Legal in Florida?

One form of medical cannabis is legal in FL currently. In June 2014, Governor Rick Scott of FLsigned a bill into law which will allow for the use of high CBD/low THC cannabis oil (termed “Charlotte’s Web”, name after Charlotte Figi, a young girl in Colorado who has experienced a major improvement in her treatment-resistant epilepsy, a result of Dravet’s syndrome, with the use of the oil) in Florida State. High CBD/low THC cannabis oil is ingested, not smoked, and does not produce intoxication. While more research is needed to examine the objective medical efficacy of high CBD/low THC oil, many case studies and preliminary data show improvements for some patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy with the use of this strain’s oil.

However, high CBD/low THC oil will not benefit all patients, such as those with symptoms which can be soothed by the use of strains of cannabis with higher levels of THC. According to the Miami Herald’s endorsement for Amendment 2, “Florida is at this juncture because state lawmakers didn’t do their jobs. They ignored medical marijuana completely until it looked like it would pass. They then passed a scaled-back law, Charlotte’s Web, that essentially will help no one with AIDS, cancer or ALS and was done almost exclusively to make it look like lawmakers care.”

Long story short, if Amendment 2 doesn’t pass, only a very limited number of patients in Florida with a very limited set of conditions will benefit from the potential of cannabis as medicine.

The Opposition

General Arguments

Some of the arguments opponents to Amendment 2 have are that the amendment is vague, has too many loopholes, and that this is an issue that the Florida legislature should decide upon. However, according to Florida Today’s endorsement of Amendment 2, “[W]e’ve heard some imaginative criticisms of [Amendment 2], including alleged loopholes that would allow doctors to prescribe pot for hangnails or let drug dealers deliver cannabis to schoolchildren. Concerned, we scoured the full language and history of the proposed amendment and — like the Florida Supreme Court — found it to be straightforward and carefully written. We also reviewed large-scale studies from the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana. That research shows warnings about crime, addiction and youth drug use are overblown and contrary to experience in places like California.”

Law Enforcement

The “No on 2″ campaign has been a formidable opponent to pro-medical cannabis advocates. Some of the leaders in the “No” campaign have been certain law enforcement officials. In a debate, one such leading sheriff claimed that the legalization of cannabis for medical use is being supported “because people want to sit around on a Saturday night with the strobe lights on and Cheech and Chong playing and smoke their pot”.

However, some proponents of Amendment 2 wonder about the motives of law enforcement in limiting the use of cannabis as medicine. Some argue that the motive is desire to maintain profits from “federal anti-drug money and property forfeitures” which drives pro-”No On 2″ law officials.According to Ray Strack, who worked as a U.S. Customs special agent for 27 years, “More recently, federal officials froze nearly $30 million that had been seized by police in… Bal Harbo[u]r [, FL]… after the department was found spending … [forfeiture] money on a $100,000 35-foot boat with three Mercury outboards, a $7,000 police chiefs’ banquet, a $15,000 laser virtual firing range and an “anti-drug beach bash,” with a reported price tag of $21,000… Law enforcement should be about protecting the public, not pocketing profits. The Niagara of forfeited money flowing into sheriffs’ offices and police departments … has blinded some law-enforcement administrators to the compassionate benefits of medical marijuana.” For a humorous yet unnerving summary of civil forfeiture, please see John Oliver’s recent segment on civil forfeiture on ”Last Week Tonight”.

The Physician Voice for “No”

The leading physician voice for the “No on 2″ movement is Madelyn Butler, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist in Tampa, FL and a former president of the Florida Medical Association. The “No” campaign released an ad in recent weeks featuring Dr. Butler, a physician with a history of an approximately 8-year lawsuit which resulted in a $3,000,000 settlement paid out by her insurance company as the result of a failed abortion, performed by her, that led to the birth of a blind infant who failed to develop limbs.

According to a recent television report on Dr. Butler’s spotty history, “It is her credibility as a long-time doctor that the ad leans on… [the case file of the lawsuit showed] missed ultrasound, missed diagnosis, and a poor level of care…” According to Dr. Rick Foglesong, a political analyst for WFTV in Florida, “The believability of this ad depends upon the credibility of the speaker.” The reporter covering the story also stated that according to Dr. Fogleson, “while the doctor’s license and credentials are not in question, her past is open to public examination…” With a history of such a severe medical error as this, it is questionable whether voters should take this physician’s word for how to best handle medical care.

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Take Action!

According to United for Care, the leading organization working for passage of Amendment 2, this is going to be a very close race. So what can you do to help pass Amendment 2?

If you are a Florida resident, VOTE. Early voting ends today, November 1st, and polls will close at the end of the day on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. Also, it is essential that you encourage your friends and family to vote YES, too. If you’d like to contribute more, contact United for Care and tell them you’d like to help by volunteering.

Not a Floridian? You can still help! Encourage your family and friends who live in Florida to vote.

You can also tweet using #YesOn2 to spread the word. Every vote counts!

As William E. Simon said, “Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote”, and the same sentiment applies to bad laws.

Please vote #YesOn2 and spread the word!