Charlie Crist Says Medical Marijuana Is A Matter of Compassion

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Former Florida Governor and Currently Running To Be Florida Governor Again, Charlie Crist, says that the movement to legalize marijuana is "an issue of compassion."

Crist appeared on WJCT radio this week to talk up his running for office when host Melissa Ross asked him about the push to have medical marijuana appear on the ballot next to his and Scott's names come November.

"This is an issue of compassion," Crist said.

See also: Charlie Crist's Medical Marijuana Stance: Will Floridians Care About His Flip-Flopping?

"You have people who feel that if there are people who are suffering through pain or lack of appetite," he said, "and you have a real doctor who prescribes medical marijuana, then I don't know why you would really be opposed to it, and so I'm not opposed to it."

As Florida's Republican governor, Crist was vehemently anti-marijuana, signing the Florida Marijuana Grow House Eradication Act into law, which became one of the most stringent bills against growing weed in the entire country.

Since then, however, Crist has reversed course and even aligned himself with attorney John Morgan, a long-time Crist financial backer who has been on the frontline of the pro-medical marijuana movement. Morgan has thrown a lot of weight and a lot of money at getting medical marijuana on the ballot in 2014.

Through his radio interview, Crist seems to be walking the fine line, making sure that he supports the legalization of medical marijuana as something that is strictly prescribed by a doctor.

But the "compassion" angle is really what stands out.

In March, Florida state Sen. Jeff Clemens introduced a bill that would allow patients with certain qualifying medical conditions to privately and legally possess medical marijuana. He too brought up compassion in an interview with New Times.

"When a patient comes into your office and tells you all the meds that they're taking don't work, don't relieve their suffering, but marijuana does," Clemens said, "it's hard to look at that person in the eye and not do something about it. It's about compassion."

The bill was shot down by the Legislature, but Clemens echoed the sentiment of what most Floridians, -- and now, it would seem, Crist -- are thinking.

Compassion.

The latest polling says that 80 percent of Floridians favor the legalization of medical marijuana.

You can listen to Charlie Crist's interview with Melissa Ross here.

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players02
players02

n 2008, Gov. Charlie Crist (R) signed into law HB 173, which strengthened penalties for cultivating marijuana in Florida by making it a third-degree felony to own a house, knowing it is used for cultivating, packaging and distributing marijuana. It also makes growing 25 plants a second-degree felony, lowering the threshold from 300 plants, and a first-degree felony if children are present. 

Chain Gang Charlie is a fraud

electra
electra

florida is the perfect coastal state for importing illeagal drugs into the US and has the biggest list of corrupt officials on the cartel's payroll , to legalize medical marijuana would cut into the pockets of southern island countries that depend on pot for their means of survival so deep that it would cripple the cartel and cause these islands to collapse and thats why 45 years later marijuana is still illegal.

Frank Cassell
Frank Cassell

then when he gets reelected he will turn on you.

Joe Mason
Joe Mason

chuck was against it in 2008

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

This is the Scientific justification of 40 yr. of #1 scheduling. Trillions wasted 25 million arrests one every 40 seconds.

CNN:   On August 14, 1970, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Roger O. Egeberg wrote a letter recommending the plant, marijuana, be classified as a schedule 1 substance, and it has remained that way for nearly 45 years. My research started with a careful reading of that decades old letter. What I found was unsettling. Egeberg had carefully chosen his words:

"Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule 1 at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue."

Not because of sound science, but because of its absence, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 substance. Again, the year was 1970. Egeberg mentions studies that are underway, but many were never completed. As my investigation continued, however, I realized Egeberg did in fact have important research already available to him, some of it from more than 25 years earlier.

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

Why can't we legalize everything and stop this insane "War" on drugs that will never be "won"?

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!


"[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane." — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, "Federal Foolishness and Marijuana," editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997


"[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications." — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001


"[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate." — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998


"Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision." — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003


"The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses' Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine." — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995


"[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use." — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, "Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis," 1995


"When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug." — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003


"[The LFA] urges Congress and the President to enact legislation to reschedule marijuana to allow doctors to prescribe smokable marijuana to patients in need … [and] urges the US Public Health Service to allow limited access to medicinal marijuana by promptly reopening the Investigational New Drug compassionate access program to new applicants." — Lymphoma Foundation of America, January 20, 1997

Ben Pogue
Ben Pogue

....too late, Nan Rich came out for Medical Marijuana before it became the 'hip' thing to do .... Charlie's criteria is way to narrow and he has not ruled out apposing outright legalization.. till then he's blowing smoke

dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

watch the Medical Marijuana Petition FL Supreme Court hearing live on the FLORIDA CHANNEL thurs dec 5, 9am.  Go to www.unitedforcare.org  and sign the petition.  Thanks from a cancer survivor seeking alternative medication

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

What Pam Bondi wants to do is block Floridians from using Holy Oil even with a Doctors recommendation. Google: Kaneh Bosm   Exodus 30:23   Holy Oil contains Cannabis

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

Ryan Donaghy, Chairman of the Board Donaghy Sales, LLC Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

Ron Fowler, Immediate Past Chairman Liquid Investments, LLC Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

Tom Reyes, Vice Chairman Crest Beverage, LLC; Gate City Beverage Distributors-San Bernardino; Harbor Distributing, LLC-Anaheim, Gardena, Santa Ana Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

David "Duke" Reyes, Chief Financial Officer Crest Beverage, LLC; Gate City Beverage Distributors-San Bernardino; Harbor Distributing, LLC-Anaheim, Gardena, Santa Ana Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

Peter Heimark, Secretary Heimark Distributing Co. Triangle Distributing Co. Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

Terence Fox, NBWA CA Director M.E. Fox and Co. Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

Travis Markstein, NBWA CA Director Markstein Beverage Co. Sacramento; Markstein Beverage Co. San Marcos Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

Cherisse Alford, CBBD PAC Chair Alford Distributing, Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

Jeff Jordano, Management Committee Member Pacific Beverage Co. Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

T.J. Louderback, Management Committee Member Anheuser-Busch In Bev Sales Inc. of Pomona and Antelope Valley, Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

etc. etc. etc.

PhilDeBowl
PhilDeBowl

Don't believe in compassion huh?

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

@riverrat69 It's all about jobs. Real crime is way down, so these drug arrests fill the void for lawyers, cops, judges, prisons, rehab facilities....


let's not forget the "banks' that launder drug profits.

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

@KennyPowersII 

Yeah, we have to keep all those Repub  privatized for profit prisons filled.

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