Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in Florida

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On Monday, cops raided the home of Cathy Jordan, president of the Florida Cannabis Action Network, and seized all her pot after a government employee who was visiting a neighbor spotted some marijuana plants on her property.

Turns out, Jordan has Lou Gehrig's disease and uses the marijuana as treatment.

So, on Wednesday, State Sen. Jeff Clemens decided to step up and do something about it.

Clemens, a Democrat from Lake Worth, introduced a bill in Jordan's name that would allow patients with certain qualifying medical conditions to privately possess up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight marijuana plants.

The introduction of the the bill comes a day after the release of a poll showing that 70 percent of Florida voters support passage of a medical marijuana law.

The bill, S.B. 1250, is called "the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act."

Lawmakers in 14 other states have proposed similar legislation this year, and medical marijuana bills are expected to be brought forward in an additional four states.

"Scientific research consistently validates the medical benefits of marijuana in the treatment of a variety of debilitating medical conditions," said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project.

"Seriously-ill people who use marijuana to alleviate their pain and suffering should be allowed to access it safely and legally. They certainly should not be arrested and treated like criminals."

Even with the majority of voters saying it should be legal to possess medical marijuana and even with 18 other states allowing patients with qualifying conditions to use it, legislators in Tallahassee have a history of being total jerks about it.

Two years ago, Clemens proposed a similar bill, only to have it shot down. And the laws for possession in the state are pretty extreme, to say the least.

Mayhap the fact that an overwhelming majority of Floridians say it's cool for patients with specific needs to possess marijuana will get Tallahassee to lighten up and to quit its Gestapo tactics of raiding perfectly innocent people's homes who own marijuana because it helps treat their pain and suffering.


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dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

to those who support medical marijuana: go to www.pufmm.org print the petition (on one sheet, 2 sides) sign in blue ink, and mail.  This will place it on the ballot for the next election.  Also, volunteer if you want and donate if you can.  I am a cancer survivor with a medical need.  thanks 

agent86_40
agent86_40

ALL  FLORIDIANS SHOULD  STOP AND THINK, BECAUSE THIS COULD VERY WELL BE ONE OF THE WORST LAWS EVER CHANGED FOR THE BETTER ...ALL OF THESE BRAINWASHED PEOPLE THAT ARE VOTING FOR THE RICK SCOTT TYPE, NEED TO- GROW A BRAIN AND WAKE-UP!! ONE DAY YOU ANTI CANNABIS PEOPLE JUST MAY WISH YOU HAD IT WHEN NOTHING ELSE WORKS FOR YOUR PAIN. PLUS, NO ADDED SIDE EFFECTS THAT CAN MAKE ONE WORSE OFF. PLEASE STOP USING 'THE CHILDREN' ARGUEMENT. THEY ARE STILL TAKING OXYCODONE FROM THE MEDICINE CABINET, AFTER YOU GET IT FROM THE PHARMACY!

agent86_40
agent86_40

ALL FLORIDIANS SHOULD STOP AND THINK, BECAUSE THIS COULD VERY WELL BE ONE OF THE WORST LAWS EVER CHANGED FOR THE BETTER ...ALL OF THESE BRAINWASHED PEOPLE THAT ARE VOTING FOR THE RICK SCOTT TYPE, NEED TO- GROW A BRAIN AND WAKE-UP!! ONE DAY YOU ANTI CANNABIS PEOPLE JUST MAY WISH YOU HAD IT WHEN NOTHING ELSE WORKS FOR YOUR PAIN. PLUS, NO ADDED SIDE EFFECTS THAT CAN MAKE ONE WORSE OFF. PLEASE STOP USING 'THE CHILDREN' ARGUEMENT. THEY ARE STILL TAKING OXYCODONE FROM THE MEDICINE CABINET, AFTER YOU GET IT FROM THE PHARMACY!

bigdatar
bigdatar

what about privacy?  she should be allowed to do whatever she wants in the privacy of her own home, why harass her

redmercer
redmercer

God, the Oxycontin-addled old fucks in Miami-Dade aren't going to have this

chrisjoseph13
chrisjoseph13 writer

Awwwright folks.... enough debating grammar and semantics... let's get back to the actual story at hand here: SHOULD MEDICAL MARIJUANA BE MADE LEGAL IN FLORIDA?

(also, yes it should) 

KenEsq
KenEsq

I agree that the bill should be passed and made law, but your words are a bit strange.
"...perfectly innocent people's homes...". 
You can't be perfectly innocent if you are breaking the law. Right now the law makes what she was doing illegal.
Now, what she was doing may have been justified, it may not have been wrong...but she's certainly not "perfectly innocent." If she is then there's no case and thus no reason for the law to be changed.

ssaoewfg
ssaoewfg

FLORIDA NEEDS TO JUST WAKE UP AND STOP ELECTING THESE POLITICIANS THAT ARE IRRELEVANT TO OUR SOCIETY LIKE RICK SCOTT...ALL THESE DUMB PEOPLE THAT ARE VOTING FOR THESE PEOPLE NEED TO DIE OFF ALREADY!!!!!

FatHand
FatHand

You can certainly be perfectly innocent while breaking the law, as there are different definitions for "innocent" than the legal-related definition. Think of a child sitting there innocently. Has nothing to do with the law. Come on esquire.

phantascy
phantascy

@KenEsqthe only crime is to following a law thats immoral if you havent harmed anyone.

who's to say they can put rules on what you own being your body.
Stop being a  complete retard cause guess what was also illegal back than alcohol.
and any prohibition did more damage than your bullshit you decide to vomit out this blog.
you are a human being and your responsible & own your body  not the fed's or the government. 
 THE DEA & THE FED'S Look at this as making a living. they could care less about you and your fucking existence as long as they crave power & receive  paid benefits of kicking down neighbors doors , and draging down patients & shooting the back of the head of the family dog. just cause you see smoking a herb is not "perfectly innocent"
your thinking is what the lobbyists who spent billions on persuading politicians to keep the lie rolling & these medical cures illegal.
they feed of your ignorance , your the perfect example of a cynical citizen approving this nazi cult tradition to allow leaders to dehumanize people for profit & control.
if you laws cant be manipulated on the people  than just remember the last 100 years. 

Let's go back to seperating drinking fountains..never mind let's go back in time and allow germany to continue discriminating & violating humans cause it was Legal & the law to torchure & kill a jew.
stop being such an ignorant sheep & disgrace to humanity with your bullshit the government likes to exploit your feelings to abuse authority & power over another.

chrisjoseph13
chrisjoseph13 writer

@KenEsq Good points all and, yes, I realize this. Just using blogger hyperbole to make the bigger point, namely that Florida is uber-stringent with their marijuana laws and that Ms. Jordan isn't some "loser pothead" that the opposition likes to paint smokers out to be. 

KenEsq
KenEsq

@FatHand Except this story was about the law...now wasn't it?

KenEsq
KenEsq

@phantascy @KenEsq You either didn't read my post and just want to rant, or more troubling, you did read it and couldn't understand what I wrote.
You're doing your cause no service by posting insults.

KenEsq
KenEsq

@chrisjoseph13 @KenEsq I know I was being picky, but words are our tools (I write as well) and blogs and bloggers often get downgraded because of the quality of the writing.
Anyway, I know I'm just being a pain in the ass. I'll go back to counting the typos in the Post and Sentinel :).

KenEsq
KenEsq

@FatHand Y'know I wish I could, but I had to give it all up when I decided to go to law school. It always seems strange to me that a "Bar" association would frown on someone getting high...
I'm not the grammar police...more like a grammar safety patrol..

FatHand
FatHand

Yeah, I don't know what those guys are on about, I just like grammar policing the grammar police. Why don't you and I get together and discuss punctuation over a fat one.

KenEsq
KenEsq

@FatHandThat means every single word must strictly mean its legal definition = Reductio ad absurdum. 

My commentary appears to have been far from innocent. It seems I'm a tool in the destruction of the entire medical marijuana movement.

On a positive note this is probably as many comments on a story as this blog has seen in a while.

FatHand
FatHand

Um, now mine is the point that is absurd? I'm just innocently commenting on your innocent commentary.

KenEsq
KenEsq

@FatHand Nor do I. I just thought that in the case of this story it wasn't the best choice of words. But, yes, if you wish you can extend my comment to absurdity to make your point. Have at it.

FatHand
FatHand

Of course it was. So what? That means every single word must strictly mean its legal definition (if it has one)? Don't think so.

KenEsq
KenEsq

@bota47 @KenEsq @phantascy Please explain to me how I'm hurting any cause/movement by pointing out that the word "innocent" might not have been the best choice.
That was the entirety of my point.  I'm probably at fault for not using the proper words to explain myself.

bota47
bota47

@KenEsq @phantascy  

I'm sorry,but if that's the case how are you helping the cause/movment by making these type of threads if your really interested in medical cannabis?

KenEsq
KenEsq

@bota47 @KenEsq  You might want to read the first sentence of my original post. You really might want to consider working on your reading comprehension. 

bota47
bota47

@KenEsq@chrisjoseph13 

If we are to assume that all laws are correct,then I would have to point to our evidence of today about this plant and what it does.See we did not have all the studies and research available to us back when this plant was made illegal. You are correct that this plant is illegal.So whats interesting to me is the fact the our Gov. has a medical patent on this plant.

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN.&OS=PN/6630507&RS=PN/6630507

Now when you read this patent we have to ask ourselves why are we putting people in jail if our Gov. has this Patent?

We are in the cusp of change era,our battle is not with this plant,it is with all the people in our country that is not educated today on this plant.So what has happened is we have filed this plant under education that was determined through the Nixon era which quit frankly is out dated and so far wrong it is not even funny.


Its time for everyone to wake up and really get educated on this plant before they speak a language/education/propaganda on it that is out dated.

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