Medical Marijuana Resolution Now in Both Chambers of Florida Legislature

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​Resolutions to let voters decide on an amendment to the Florida Constitution to legalize medical marijuana have now been proposed in both chambers of the Legislature.

Miami Democratic Sen. Larcenia Bullard dropped Senate Joint Resolution 1028 in the hopper on Friday, becoming the Senate side to Lake Worth Rep. Jeff Clemens' 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.

Clemens' bill was assigned to three House committees in late October, and the chances of it making it out of any committee don't seem too great.

Add in the fact that the People United for Medical Marijuana's citizen petition is around 600,000 signatures short of earning a spot on the ballot and medical weed in Florida still looks like a distant pipe dream.

Still, the idea of legally gettin' high on something other than OxyContin might sound a bit more appealing to Floridians.

The amendment proposed by both Clemens' and Bullard's legislation would take effect on July 1, 2013, if the issue were passed by the voters, and as we've explained before, the 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 would come with rights afforded to the patient, doctors, and caregivers.

Patients with children wouldn'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.

SJR has yet to receive committee assignments.


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bill
bill

so do i,please keep informing the people that were misled that thats all it is politics/propaganda.ty,u have any info whats up now for me and the rest of the sick and disabled

bill
bill

wyatt u dont no shit,the elderly here r in support of it dumbass,no what ur saying b4 commenting,it makes you look ignorant.just saying

bill
bill

i need some help,please let me no is there any new info like is it going to b on the ballot,or r they just not going to arrest patients for medical use and small indoor cultivation.please reply,im one the the ill too and if this doesnt happen i have tyo find a way or it wont look  so good for me.ty vm northendclub420

Bill Callihan
Bill Callihan

im one those people.ty  vm for supporting r rights to choose how we treat r conditions.do u no of any more updates,is it going to  the balloy or are they saying they will not arrest patients for use and small cultivations.again ty 4 real patients support.dont care about recreational use.im to dam sick.

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medical alarm

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Gardeningpixies
Gardeningpixies

I have MS and the conventional drugs more times than not, do not help with pain I am NOT a MARIJUANA USER AS OF YET BUT, I would be if it were legal. Why on earth do others have to be the deciding factor for what is best for another. Isn't that against the constitution, I just do not see the LONG term benefit for making all of us use man made drugs that have very bad side effects. Instead of allowing the people with MS use something natural. Why keep hurting us, with the man made chemicals that have NOT helped to any great degree. We should be allowed to try it and decide for our self how it does or does not help in our daily lives.

medical alarm
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Greg
Greg

Its not about getting high.  I have MS its about being old enough and Smart enough to know what makes me feel better.  I would think Florida might want to take the money off the Streets out of big Pharmas pocket. All while helping out folks.

1234678
1234678

It is not "weed" that Mr. Clemens is recommending FL patients use medically, it is cannabis.

As in: "The Seventh National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics" to be held April 26-28, 2012 in Tuscon, AZ. The forum accredited by the AMA and ANA teaches MD's and RN's about the therapeutic utility of this ancient medicine.

Please see www.medicalcannabis.com for details of this conference series, the dozens of health care professional organizations, including the FL Medical Assoc., that support medical cannabis and how your MD or RN can get continuing education credits for on-line medicinal  cannabis study.

I suspect none of the opponents of the medical cannabis issue are doctors or nurses but lawyers and cops with no medical training. That's a bad start and will result in a non medical and therefore dumb decision. I suspect none know of the training above or that the ANA has required all US nurses to get medical cannabis education.

Until an discussion of this issue is conducted by truly informed medical professionals hope is all FL has.

Consider that if FL had a medical cannabis law FL Vets could use cannabis for PTS and TBI and be treated in FL Veterans hospitals. Fl has no such law and therefore FL Vets are DENIED this medical option.

Watch your Representative leaders keep this from happening while the yellow ribbons adorn their SUV bumpers.

Want the FL Vets treated like those in NM or Maine Pass a medical cannabis law in FL.

See www.Veteransformedicalcannabis....

Al Byrne, Carrabelle.

Nancy Luckhurst
Nancy Luckhurst

Don't be jumping on Conservative old people like we don't know what's what and we would all be voting against this.  As a matter of fact I am a Conservative Republican who voted for it in MI before moving to FL. I am for it 100%.  I am neither a patient nor a smoker just happen to be very well informed because I have done my research. 

Northendclub420
Northendclub420

Need some help.....club420 will be there for you ......we love Florida...michael Schaef.....club 420 ....253-472-0770

knowa1
knowa1

A`simple plant that anybody can grow on the back porch like tomatoes for penny's a pound no known  deaths, thousands of years of safe effective history. I have been partaking off and on for over 45 years now when I could find, afford or offered  I have now fond it necessary  to grow a few plants to help me with some of my diabetic related issues and it works better than any thing the doctor gives me plus I have reduced my alcohol consumption it take away the pain in my feet and I don't get as many foot infection as before.  I no longer will allow my health to be hijacked be ignorant do good-er,   Cannabis prohibition is Un-Constitutional Un-American and Un-Godly

Duncan20903
Duncan20903

One major flaw in your article is that smoking just isn't required to gain the benefits of cannabis, whether for medicinal need or just plain enjoyment.

Want to see it limited to real patients?  The really, really sick just don't drive. At least my dear friend that passed away at age 49 from leukemia never drove anywhere, he was just too busy suffering. I hope nobody else ever has the sad opportunity of watching a dear friend suffer for 2 full years.But it was the relieif I saw it give him that made medicinal cannabis real for me.

The Jeff Spicolis of the world just aren't going to surrender their driver's license to get a doctor's recommendation. It's too darn easy to go around the corner and buy it from the black market vendor. I hope no one was suffering the delusion that he wouldn't be getting high because of the law. It's never stopped anyone before. We have a name for people who won't enjoy cannabis because of the stupidity of it's prohibition. We call them drunks.

The drug dealers that would take advantage can either hire a driver or go back to the shadowy places where the black market cannabis vendors lurk while waiting to accommodate the Spicolis, while taking the commensurate risk of his chosen profession. It's why the job pays so well.

In Alaska where petty possession and petty cultivation is de facto legal there are only a few hundred registered patients claiming the protection of the State's medicinal cannabis patient protection law. You can bet your house payment that every single one is a legitimate patient.

Wyatt
Wyatt

Don't count on it. Your state is so backwards they cut down a grow and weigh everything and give you possession on the weight of the whole plant!!! Lmao no where else in the united states is 30 plant a 100k with of marijuana only in Florida and only to the cops in fl! Plus too many old people and those old people actually vote. That's why I don't understand how the republican party would even mention slashing entitlements being that unless your rich or old your probably not a republican. Old people carry the republican party. It's almost as if they want to loose your GOP nominations are another idiot drug dealer from Texas just like bush maybe even a bit less intelligent, a Mormon, and a perverted black guy...... Wtf are these people seriously that retarded or they are setting themselsvels up for failure on purpose?

jway
jway

Checks and balances are a good thing but right now they're *continuing* the federal ban on adult marijuana sales and continuing the $billions that are enriching the Mexican drug cartels and inciting them to murder thousands of people every year.

Half of Congress are millionaires and marijuana just doesn't fit into their elite perspective of society. It simply would not be "proper" for them to legalize adult marijuana sales even though their prohibition *doesn't* prevent people from buying, selling and using marijuana and it does draw drug dealers into our neighborhoods and around our children!

Eandvindustries
Eandvindustries

 BRAVO! I have much respect for you, seriously. It's nice to see people using their intellect on the issue and not discrimination based on propaganda. You have made my day.

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