Florida Medical Marijuana's Biggest Opponents and Threats

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Florida seems to be well on its way to getting medical marijuana legalized. Voters this November are going to be able to decide on their own whether weed should be made legal for folks with debilitating diseases, and a bill that would decriminalize the use of a strain of medical marijuana for kids with severe epilepsy has recently passed a Senate committee.

On top of that, polls consistently show that the majority of Floridians support the legalization of medical marijuana. Some polls say that up to 70 percent are cool with medical weed.

So, this should be as automatic as Ray Allen at the free-throw line. All signs point to Florida joining the likes of Colorado and Washington and getting with the times. Right? Right?

NOT SO FAST.

So-called Drug Warriors are already on the warpath to soak their feet in the soft-serve ice-cream machine and ruin everything. And make no mistake, these people are committed, they have money, and most of all, they pounce on the narratives that The Pot is nothing but an evil, vile weed that'll turn the entire state into Cheech and Chong zombies.

Here now are five people who could derail medical marijuana:

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1. Kevin Sabet
He's worked under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama in the Office of National Drug Control Policy and goes around touting drug reform. He's the modern-day version of a Prohibitionist. Sabet is Public Enemy Number One when it comes to legalizing marijuana in any way. And while he's known nationally and has taken his fight to places like Colorado, he's parked right in our own backyard as the director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida.

Through his group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (or, Project SAM), Sabet, who calls himself the "quarterback" of a new antidrug movement, has become an expert at making it sound like marijuana is Satan's Herb. Through clever semantics and an aggressive approach, Sabet's M.O. has been to be intellectually dishonest about pot by touting nonsense such as today's weed is more potent than the weed your parents smoked in the '50s and '60s or that weed rots your brain.

He also uses buzzwords and scare tactics, so as to not sound like an evil conservative, by calling medical marijuana and dispensary industries "the new big tobacco."

And Sabet has already thrown himself into the fight in Florida, going after the recent bipartisan bill that would legalize a light-strain medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web that would help certain children who suffer with epilepsy. In a "fact sheet" Sabet put out, he claims that these children don't need Charlotte's Web because they're able to get an FDA-approved drug called Epidiolex.

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2. Rick Scott
Like most things that seem unpopular to the masses but are a sticking point with his own base, Rick Scott has been wishy-washy with his attitude toward medical marijuana. But make no mistake, if the Lizard King gets reelected as governor of Florida, expect him to water down and veto and basically destroy any significant medical marijuana bill that comes to his desk.

Even with the Charlotte's Web bill -- which has already passed a Senate panel -- Scott has been noncommittal, having his office release statements like, "The FDA is currently evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the medication. The Governor is hopeful that families will get relief from the impacts of these serious illnesses in the safest possible way."

And when it comes to the medical marijuana vote on November, Scott has already made it clear he wants no part of it in Florida. Through the old and tired argument that weed is like booze and other drugs, back in January Scott said he would not endorse it.

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

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day1kmm
day1kmm

Since smoking is a major concern let me start there. The absolute best purpose for smoking cannabis is as an expectorant. For those who are allergic to guaifenesin, the expectorant used in most cough and cold medications, it can be a life saver. It can be the difference between suffocating on ones own mucus and coughing it out and opening the breathing airways. It can prevent pneumonia by allowing the mucus to be coughed out.

The other main reasons for smoking are almost instant relief and titration. If one is vomiting, eating is not always possible. Waiting 40 minutes to an hour or longer for something eaten to work doesn’t usually work when vomiting is involved because what was eaten usually gets thrown up, so a few puffs to stop the vomiting can be the best solution for the patient at the time.


For many patients a small amount is all they need. Parkinson’s patients report it takes 1 - 4 puffs generally to stop the tremors. By smoking it provides the relief almost instantly. They can titrate, use what they need, 1 puff at a time. You can’t do that so easily when eating something that takes 40 minutes to over an hour to work. Why should an elderly Parkinson’s patient or anyone with ailment that cause tremors or spasms, or vomiting have to wait for relief when it could be instantly?


Consuming cannabis by eating food infused with cannabis extracts such as cannabis butter or oil is a very safe way to medicate. It bypasses the hypothalamus, a plus for many patients, for others it helps but does not provide as complete of a relief. Patients learn what works best for them and their own endocanninoid system.


Topical use if effective for such a wide variety of issues, as discussed anti-biotic, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, but also for pain, inflammation, gout, skin care, even skin cancer. There are 2 main different types of cannabis oil, one is for cooking, baking and food the other, is often called RSO or Rick Simpson Oil named so after the man who rediscovered it and has been educating the world about it. RSO is made different and kills cancer in several ways. While even the cooking/baking oil can be helpful for pain it take the RSO oil topically to kill skin cancer. For an internal cancer one needs to consume the RSO to kill the cancer, smoking it won’t work, you need a far higher dose than smoking can provide.


The following effects of cannabis is how it kills cancer Anti-Proliferative - prevents cells from reproducing, Anti-Angiogenic - prevents formation of new blood vessels needed by tumor to grow, Anti-Metastatic - prevents cancer from spreading to other organs, Apoptotic - induces cell to seek it’s own death.

But don’t take my word for it. -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DttdDOqQMuY


day1kmm
day1kmm

Dr William L. Courtney, who has been studying the benefits of raw cannabis and that he states, "It (cannabis) has captures these molecules that help our bodies regulatory system be more effective. The bottom line is it's a dietary essential that helps all 210 cell types function more effectively”. He further states, “ I don't even refer to it as medicine anymore, strictly as a dietary essential". Cannabis is widely accepted and referred to as a nutraceutical, which is “Food, or parts of food, that provide medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease”. We all have an endocannabinoid system that regulates the homeostasis of the other systems in our bodies by means of cannabinoids. We run on cannabinoids.


In raw fresh form cannabis is loaded with health benefits and will not get one high. It’s been said it has 60 times the healing properties compared to smoking because nothing gets burned, but instead consumed. It is the process of drying cannabis that turns THCA into THC. THCA is not psychoactive. One can consume raw fresh cannabis all day and never get high from it. A daily glass of cannabis juice has phenomenal healing properties and has saved lives, killed cancer, healed other diseases and brought those at deaths door back to a healthy life. 


As a Florida patient who has proven to the court that I need it or I will die as they watched me deteriorate to the point of near toxic death, over a two and a half year court ordeal, and witnessed the amazing recovery once allowed to use the medicine again, I have a complete understanding of the critical value of the nutraceutical, the medicine, and the nature of plant/human relationship. My body slowly over time shuts down starting with my digestive system. I set out to understand why the medicine worked so well for me so I could explain it to the court. What I learned was amazing, emotionally overwhelming, and life altering. Once you understand that our bodies use cannabinoids for everything and it is a necessary nutrient for the human body to function and that in it natural raw state it is nothing but health in an herb, how can one come to any other conclusion other than it should be legal to grow in every back yard on the planet, sold in the produce department of every grocery store, served commonly in salads and as a sandwich topping, and a glass of fresh raw cannabis juice a should be as common as a glass of orange juice or apple juice. As a population control measure one may want to continue the illegality of the plant, but then that is genocide, an unacceptable practice by any government isn’t it? Do we outlaw grapes because they can be made into wine? Pharmaceutical companies continue to manufacture new addictive deadly drugs at an alarming rate, yet no one seems concerned over that. Why should cannabis medicine be treated different from any other medicine? It is simply an herbal medicine that drug companies considered a waste of time knowing they can not patent it in it best form. I think that was a huge mistake on their part, they could be manufacturing and selling RSO capsules now and bring an end to cancer as we know it, had they taken it seriously. Now we have a new industry that will continue to make strides in healing the masses. We have American Medicine and it works for many, yet there are other widely accepted forms of medicine. Medical cannabis is considered holistic medicine in many areas of the country. It has always been a part of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Korean medicines. Cannabis was widely used as medicine in this nation until 1937. Now science understands the connection between the plant and humans, it is time the nation accepts cannabis medicine as a science. In addition to American Medicine we currently have Chiropractic, Holistic, Herbal and Ayurvedic medicine being practiced here. There is room for cannabis medicine, the practice of medicine based on the endocannabinoid system and using cannabis to treat it.


Humans will always use an intoxicant. Cannabis is safer than alcohol for mind, body, and society. If we are a free nation we should have a legal choice of relaxants. Cannabis being the “Safest substance known to mankind”, according to the DEA’s Chief Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young, and never being the cause of a single death, should be legal to grow in every backyard on the planet. Is medical use a baby step to legalization, NO, it is a baby step to understanding the human/plant relationship we have with cannabis. 


Since cannabis is the only thing that keeps my body functioning, (even my doctor and lawyer will atest to that) and I have seen and read of the thousands it helps in everything from seizures to cancer when all of modern medicines fail, I believe the government MUST legalize it, not doing so is a genocide, or forced chemical medical slavery. I have seen the damages of pharmaceuticals. The leading cause of addiction today is pharmaceuticals which are damaging to the body. Cannabis is a proven nutraceutical and consumed raw and fresh makes all 210 cell types work better. I believe every person on the planet should have safe legal access to such an amazing health benefit. The health of your children or grandchildren may depend on it.

anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

They will continue to spout their nonsense but they will lose. The science, and the public, are on our side on this issue. 


Drug abuse is bad, prohibition is much worse. 


I am a retired Law Enforcement officer, Medical Marijuana patient and speaker for www.LEAP.CC (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and we fully support Florida's efforts to end MJ Prohibition. 


Keep up the good fight, educate the populace and work towards getting them to the polls and there will be one less travesty committed under the guise of protecting the public from a beneficial plant. 


End the madness and the suffering. Support ending the anti-science ban on MMJ 

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

You will see them leave with their tails between their legs.

anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

@day1kmm What an amazingly well thought out group of points! Are you an activist on this issue? If not, you really should consider it. We need more people like you. 


Reach out to me if you are interested in becoming more active on this issue. (If your not already, but based on your post I am assuming you are. :) )


Keep up the good work! Educating those ignorant to the benefits of this amazing herb will assure us victory in November!

anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

@RPF2012 Wow, just wow..... That is what the media should be reporting on and not all the stupid crap that is cluttering up their "News" broadcasts now.

vickersplasma
vickersplasma

real genocide in Florida was the prescription drug oxycodin they killed up to 7 per day, and destroy the lives of thousands more, let's not a elephant in a donkey costume that let this happen.

tobacco kills thousands every day that profits many evil people. pot kills no one in scientific fact it does help. who would help me deal with browardjustious they took my ablity to work seems because I was getting in the way of the real drug dealers pushing and protecting drugs that kill and destroy.

The best justice system hard drug money can buy.

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