Charlie Crist Says He'll Vote for Medical Marijuana

Categories: Politics, The Pot

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Former Florida Governor and Currently Running To Be Florida Governor Again, Charlie Crist, says that he will vote for the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida.

On Monday, the Florida Supreme Court approved to have a constitutional amendment to legalize medical weed be put on the ballot this November.

In December, Crist appeared on WJCT radio and said that the legalization of pot is "a matter of compassion."

The one-time GOPer didn't always feel this way.

See also: Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Initiative

When he was a Republican, Crist was antiweed across the board. As governor, he signed the Florida Marijuana Grow House Eradication Act into law, one of the most stringent bills against growing weed in the entire country.

Then he ran for the senate. And lost. And then hugged Obama. And all his GOPer buddies were all, "I AM DISAPPOINT!" and Crist left the Republicans, became a Democrat, and now he's telling everyone who will listen that he's ready to vote YES on making medical weed legal in Florida.

Crist is also buddies with Orlando-based medical marijuana advocate, John Morgan. Morgan has not only financially backed Crist, but has also been a major supporter of the "People United for Medical Marijuana" drive, the petition drive by United for Care to have medical pot put on the 2014 ballot. Morgan gave the group $2.8 million to help the cause.

Meanwhile, current Gov. Rick Scott, who is currently on a TAX BREAKS FOR ERRRBODY TOUR at the moment, has already said he'll vote against the legalization of medical marijuana.

"I have a great deal of empathy for people battling difficult diseases and I understand arguments in favor of this initiative," Scott said in a statement last week. "But, having seen the terrible effects of alcohol and drug abuse first-hand, I cannot endorse sending Florida down this path and I would personally vote against it."

See also: Charlie Crist Says Medical Marijuana Is A Matter of Compassion

Crist, on the other hand, went the other route, telling Huffington Post: "This is an issue of compassion, trusting doctors, and trusting the people of Florida. I will vote for it."

No doubt Crist's opponents and Scott himself will use the "flip-flop" card on the Democratic challenger. No doubt, too, that Crist will counter with how he has seen the error of his ways and progressed with the rest of the state, while his ex party remains grounded in their old ways.

No doubt ads for and against medical marijuana are going to saturate us in the next year.

The legalization of medical weed in Florida will be right there with Crist v. Scott, as far as THE ISSUE EVERYBODY WILL MAKE LOUD ANGRY NOISES ABOUT in 2014.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the crazy.

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Green Blossom Bakery
Green Blossom Bakery

Very excited to see Florida on the map when it comes to progress on this issue!

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, 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

winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

Well, if it passes, a lot fewer will notice how crappy the economy is.

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