Florida Medical Marijuana's Biggest Opponents and Threats
3. Pam Bondi
While Florida's attorney general wants kids to be able to walk into a Walmart and buy themselves an assault rifle, people using medical marijuana to alleviate debilitating and crippling diseases is where she draws the line. When the initiative to put medical marijuana on the voting ballot was being proposed, there was no bigger and louder opponent than Bondi.
When the initiative's wording was in question and went to the state's Supreme Court, Bondi went strong to the hoop to kill it before the justices could even get a chance to breathe. Bondi accused the group responsible for the initiative, People United for Medical Marijuana, of "hiding the ball." She basically said that if the amendment is passed, doctors will just give away free pot to anyone with the sniffles willy-nilly.
"Any physician could approve marijuana for seemingly any reason to seemingly any person [of any age] -- including those without any 'debilitating disease,'" she said in a letter written to the Florida Supreme Court. "So long as a physician held the opinion that the drug use 'would likely outweigh' the risks, Florida would be powerless to stop it."
The Supreme Court eventually OK'd the initiative, and the people of Florida will be the ones deciding on medical marijuana in November. But you can bet Bondi will be waiting in the weeds (pun!) between now and then, waiting to say more things about how The Pot is bad.
4. Will Weatherford
Among those who joined Bondi in the fight against The Evil Spread of Pot was Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford. The speaker basically echoed Bondi's assertion that, should medical marijuana be legalized, it would open the door for people who didn't even have anything wrong with them to get a prescription. Not only is Weatherford opposed to medical marijuana; he can't even come up with an original thought.
Senate President and fellow Republican Don Gaetz had joined Weatherford at the time, saying medical marijuana was of The Fruits From The Devil's Loins.
Yet Gaetz recently came around on the issue and cosponsored the Charlotte's Web bill.
Weatherford, meanwhile, is unmoved.