Medical Marijuana Group Is "Hiding the Ball," Says Pam Bondi

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With 70 percent of Floridians approving the legalizing of medical marijuana, and a drive to get it on the ballot next November as a constitutional amendment garnering over 100,000 signatures, it's safe to assume that Florida is as close as it has ever been to becoming the 21st state to legalize weed for medical purposes.

This is the good news.

The bad news? Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is looking for a way to derail the whole thing just as the petition heads to the Florida Supreme Court.

See also: Medical Marijuana Petitions Head to Supreme Court

According to the Miami Herald's Marc Caputo, Bondi accused the group responsible for the petition, People United for Medical Marijuana, of "hiding the ball."

In August, People United for Medical Marijuana set about to collect signatures to trigger a Florida Supreme Court review of the initiative's language. They even placed an ad on Craigslist to hire people to help get signatures.

So far, 110,000 signatures have been verified, though the group says it's more than 200,000. Either way, it was enough to get it sent to Florida's highest court to be seen and reviewed.

But Bondi, through a ruling via her office, says that the true language of the amendment is being fully revealed.

Basically, Bondi is saying that if the amendment is passed, doctors will be giving away free pot to anyone with the sniffles willy-nilly. Even kids will be able to get The Pot if this amendment is passed!

From the Herald:

"if the amendment passed, Florida law would allow mairjuana in limitless situations," Bondi wrote. "Any physician could approve marijuana for seemingly any reason to seemingly any person (of any age) -- including those without any 'debilitating disease.' So long as a physician held the opinion that the drug use 'would likely outweigh t' the risks, Florida would be powerless to stop it."

If the court sees it Bondi's way, it'll put an end to what has been a long arduous journey to get legal medical marijuana into the hands of Floridians with debilitating diseases.

Bills to legalize pot in Florida have been constantly shot down. Now the Supreme Court is going to rule to have it appear on the ballot for people to decide.

It's kind of a big deal. One that can change things for the better.

It'll need 60 percent of the vote. And, according to recent polling, it looks like something that just might happen.

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9 comments
podunksavant
podunksavant

Pam Bondi is a product of her up bringing...not a baby boomer who never knew that medical MJ had a purpose for the masses...so sad....campaigning on her conservative upraising... I will not vote for you because of the guidelines on your family beliefs.Look at the "BIG PICTURE GIRL"...it will come....

kev420am
kev420am

Bondi and her ilk are as corrupt as hey come. They are bought and paid for by Big Parma, and the privatized prison system. It is high time (No pun intended) that we end this horrible prohibition that has shattered so many lives, and lined the pockets of those who wish to do us harm... Educate yourselves on the probative properties of medical cannabis, and tell your public officials that you are tired of being used as pawns in their ever evolving "War on the American People..."

SethPlatt
SethPlatt topcommenter

Here is the hypocritical statement made by the Florida Chamber of Commerce in opposition to the issue: 

"Our Constitution is a foundational document meant to provide for our basic rights and organization of government. It should be protected and not sold to special interests trying to purchase a place in it for their ideas to be forced onto the rest of us."

Isn't that kind of what they do on a daily basis? Republicans are fearing the impact this issue will have at the polls, unmoved by its overwhelming support or compassion for those who would benefit by it.

day1kmm
day1kmm

Florida State Health Officials reported 1.6 MILLION Floridians would be eligible for treatment with cannabis should it become legal. Isn't that an admission of medical value? If 1.6 Million Florida would benefit how could anyone with a heart say no. If doctor say it it is best, who else should second guess what the patient needs to succeed relief - Not Lawmakers, Not Attorney's General or otherwise. She be overseeing a Bill to insure an excellent medical cannabis program for the people of Florida. Wake up Bondi!

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

When a loved one is wasting away unable to eat due to Chemotherapy, AIDS Wasting Syndrome, or Multiple Sclerosis, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let's have the compassion to allow them to have it.


Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.


Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.


Support Medical Marijuana Now!

Blossom Pierce
Blossom Pierce

The language making it possible for children to be included is one of the most important parts for me. My daughter needs this and we should not be forced to move to try it! Pam Bondi needs to worry about other things and let the people of Florida decide.

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