Medical Marijuana Resolution Filed in Florida House to Let Voters Decide the Need for Weed

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An amendment to the Florida Constitution to legalize medical marijuana may be proposed on 2012 voter ballots, if one House Democrat gets his way.

Rep. Jeff Clemens of Lake Worth has submitted House Joint Resolution 353, which would put a medical-marijuana amendment up to the consideration of state voters next year.

The problem is that both the Senate and the House have to pass the resolution by a three-fifths margin for the amendment to make it to the ballot.

Still, the amendment would take effect on July 1, 2013, if the issue were passed by the voters, and Clemens' eight-page resolution gets into some of the details of how Florida's medical-marijuana program would work.

The resolution's language states that a medical-marijuana patient must have been diagnosed with a "debilitating medical condition" by two doctors and can't have more weed than "legislatively presumed to be medically necessary."

A patient can't affect another person's health or well-being with their weed-smoking, patients wouldn't be able to smoke in public places, workplaces don't have to accommodate an employee's medical-marijuana use, and patients must be at least 18 years old to participate unless their parents give consent.

The resolution also comes with rights afforded to the patient, doctors, and caregivers.

Patients with children won't have their kids taken away just for using medical marijuana unless their "behavior creates an unreasonable danger" to the youngsters.

No caregiver could face arrest, prosecution, penalty, or disciplinary action from any professional licensing board for assisting with a patient's use of medical marijuana.

If state or local law enforcement confiscates the medical weed in the event of an arrest, the resolution calls for the cannabis to be kept safe and never destroyed and must be returned "immediately" if the person isn't prosecuted, the charges are dismissed, or the person is acquitted of the charges.

Aside from the resolution likely having a tough time from the Republican-controlled Legislature, medical marijuana has also been more of an issue with the feds as of late, who have ordered several California cannabis dispensaries to shut down and have threatened to go after newspapers that run advertisements for dispensaries.

Click here to read HJR 353.


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APPLE
APPLE

If it doesn't pass we can still petition! www.pufmm.org Registered, Florida voters sign it!

 tron
tron

i was dx with Multiple sclerosis and use cannibus for pain management, instead on getting hooked on synthetic heroin, is just a plant for christ sakes..

Marijuana Abuse
Marijuana Abuse

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Legalize Cannabis
Legalize Cannabis

i had to move from florida to california just to get this herbal remedy for a dibilitating g.i. disorder...florida is long past due for a medical marijuana law/provision...it would be nice to have safe access to meds in florida when i travel home without fear of arrest!

Emniemfan700
Emniemfan700

all i have tooo say is fk the feds get over it.

women shoes
women shoes

if this makes the ballot like many are hoping for, hopefully the florida voters don't buckle under federal government's pressure to keep things the way they are like the california voters did

Open Your Eyes
Open Your Eyes

Remember the Mexican cartel leader thanking the US government for the war on drugs? That he wouldn't be filthy rich without it? Our government has evolved into nothing more than a financially inept joke. Soon it will be just like the movie 'Idiocracy', we are well on our way.

lava
lava

Too bad anyone that can make a difference is too ignorant and narrow minded to do so.

Sandyd65
Sandyd65

the only reason they dont legalize it everywhere is b/c then we could grow our own and then the government wouldnt make the money. i say it should be legalized b/c if alcohol and tobacco are then it should. many people die from alcohol and tobacco...how many have died from weed???

Jpnwizzy
Jpnwizzy

Guarantee this will never happen as much as i would love it to!

Votemeup
Votemeup

But florida has a big business of jailing people, this would take away from their profits

jsknow
jsknow

This proposal sucks!

It's time we legalize marijuana for all adults and regulate it like beer and tobacco, including the right to grow your own (just like you can make your own beer and grow your own tobacco), buy marijuana anywhere you can now buy beer or tobacco, keep all your Constitutional rights and put an end to employers or anyone else dictating what FREE adults can do on their own time as long as they don't harm others!

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

The illegal drug trade is now estimated to be somewhere in the region of $400 billion a year ( equal to the defense budget ). This "former land of the free" arrests 1.5 million of it's citizens a year for drug law violations, half for marijuana alone, The majority of the 2.2 million inmates in the USA are incarcerated because of this insane drug war (Prohibition 2) at a staggering cost to all taxpayers and trauma to their families.

Prisons have been filled to capacity. Violent criminals, murderers, rapists and child molesters are released early to create space for these so called drug offenders. Half of court trial time and also a huge chunk of police officers time is pointlessly wasted. Enormous untaxed profits from illegal drugs fund multi-national criminal empires which bribe law enforcement authorities and spread corruption faster than a raging bush fire. These laws take violent criminals and turn them into multi-billionaires whilst corrupting even entire countries such as Columbia, Panama, Mexico and Afghanistan. The extreme violence on and south of the border is drug gangs fighting for turf in this lucrative business. The drug laws are also funding the Taliban whose illegal opium profits allow it to buy weapons and pay it's fighters more than $300 a month, compared with the $14 paid to an Afghan policemen. 

When governments prohibit drugs they effectively and knowingly hand a monopoly on their sale to dangerous criminals and terrorists. Without a legal framework in which to operate, these black-market entities can always be expected to settle their disputes violently, while terrorizing many peaceful and innocent citizens in the process. Were the users of alcohol to blame for the St Valentines massacre in the US in 1929? Of course not! It is just as naive to assume that one can compel all the users of Marijuana or Cocaine to simply quit, as it is to assume that all the users of Alcohol should have stopped drinking after the introduction of alcohol prohibition in 1919.

The definition of insanity is great folly, madness, extreme senselessness, lunacy. Prohibition can be described as being all of the above and may therefor, along with all it's supporters, be deemed insane.

Each day you remain silent, you help to destroy the Constitution, fill the prisons with our children, and empower terrorists and criminals worldwide while wasting hundreds of billions of your own tax dollars. Prohibition bears many strong and startling similarities to Torquemada­’s inquisition­, it’s supporters are servants of tyranny and hate who’s sole purpose is to make the rest of us suffer their putrid legacy of incalculable waste and destruction.

Protect our Children; Legalize, Regulate & Tax!

jway
jway

We have a right to expect that our laws are based on logic, and we have a right to expect that our laws create more good than harm. The federal marijuana prohibition fails on both these counts.

Eight hundred and fifty thousand people are arrested every year for possessing marijuana, meanwhile, six thousand people a day start using marijuana for the first time. The prohibition does *not* prevent people from buying, selling and using marijuana.

It was sheer madness of President Nixon to create a massive illegal market for marijuana and then to try to contain the violence and smuggling that it created. A far saner plan would've been to prevent the illegal market from forming in the first place by allowing supermarkets to sell legally-grown marijuana to adults at prices low enough to prevent illegal competition (i.e. the same policy we use for beer and wine).

We parents do NOT need to support the failed policies of President Nixon! He is long gone now and our responsibility is to the safety of our children. Our only options in this case are either to have drug dealers selling marijuana to kids, or to have supermarkets selling marijuana to adults. As a parent, I choose the latter.

concernedparentandtaxpayer
concernedparentandtaxpayer

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let's put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let's let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.You can email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Ele... to discuss HR 2306, the bill that would repeal Federal prohibition.And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

Vincent Von Dudler
Vincent Von Dudler

The federal prohibition of marijuana will soon end and cannabis / hemp / marijuana will be left up to each state government.  It will be up to the states very shortly as to whether or not it will be legal for recreational use.  In my opinion it's nearly harmless and should be available for all responsible adults in the same manner of alcohol.Weigh in:Here: http://pvox.co/CdiFqYHere: wh.gov/gDQ 

Cris Ericson
Cris Ericson

Please! Hurry & click & sign the petition http://wh.gov/gP1to END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION at the White House, 'We the People' Issues. "Demand an Amendment to the U.S. Constitutionto End Marijuana, Marihuana, Cannabis and Hemp Prohibition."President Obama allows Adults and children age 13 and upto sign petitions. http://wh.gov/gP1 is the lucky 13thmarijuana petiton and it is an Umbrella for all the others,covering all marijuana, hemp and cannabis issues.The White House link is case sensitive with an upper casecapitol P http://wh.gov/gP1

MSLGWCEO
MSLGWCEO

Thanks for this info. I posted it to Facebook, Digg and my twitter account.

Here is where we start. 22,000,000 smokers (I believe), in this country.Make your voice heard! Over and over again. Where ever and however you are able.

The federal prohibition of marijuana will soon end and cannabis / hemp / marijuana will be left up to each state government. It will be up to the states very shortly as to whether or not it will be legal for recreational use. In my opinion it's nearly harmless and should be available for all responsible adults in the same manner of alcohol.Weigh in:Here: http://pvox.co/CdiFqYHere: wh.gov/gDQ

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